Bare root trees are dug from the ground when they’re dormant, usually in fall, and their roots are shaken free of soil. They are stored in a cool place with their roots kept moist until they are ready to be shipped for you to plant.
Supplies & Tools Needed:
Bare Root Tree
Scissors or clippers
Bag of Top Soil
Step 2: Removing Roots From Packaging
Unwrap tree roots from the packing, taking care not to damage them.
If roots are badly tangled gently untangle them.
Step 3: Re-hydrating The Tree
Fill a bucket with enough water to cover tree roots. Leave tree to soak in bucket for 4 – 6 hours to let the water get well absorbed into the tree.
Step 4: Preparing Roots
Remove tree from bucket of water. Cut off any roots that look dried out or dead.
Step 5: Making The Hole
Dig a hole double the size of the root ball in depth and width.
Step 6: Preparing The Hole
Fill the bottom one-third of hole with topsoil
Step 7: Planting The Tree
Place the tree in the hole. Cover half of the root ball with topsoil, gently packing down the soil. You should now have two-thirds of the hole filled with soil.
Step 8: Adding Water
Add water to the hole filling it up completely. Let it set until the water is all absorbed. As the water is absorbed, it will cause the release of air bubbles from around the roots.
Step 9: Complete The Planting
Once all the water is absorbed fill the hole the rest of the way with topsoil, gently packing it down.
Step 10: Adding Support
At this point, it is a good idea to put a dowel or plant stick into the ground close to the trunk of the tree, but be careful not to break or damage roots. This will support the tree as it grows, and will keep it growing straight.
Step 11: Adding Mulch
Add mulch around the tree approximately one to two feet in diameter. This will protect the roots in the cold weather, and will help to keep in moisture during the warmer months.
Don’t let the mulch rest directly on the tree trunk as this can cause rotting, pull it away approximately an inch or so.
Make sure not to let your newly planted tree get dried out, keep it watered (especially in the warmer seasons) until the roots get well established at least two to three months.
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About The Author:
Debbie Russell works as a special event coordinator for a parks and recreation department in Tennessee, but also utilizes her life long experience in gardening and landscaping creating beautiful beds and gardens for the parks. When not a work, she is at home landscaping and gardening her seven acres. She raises chickens, and enjoys crafting and quilting.