Bare root trees are trees that are dug and stored without any soil around their roots. Planting bare-root trees can be one of the best bargains in gardening. While it may seem strange to plant a tree with roots not contained in soil, it’s actually an excellent practice that is amazingly successful. According to Cornell University, a bare-root tree contains 200 percent more roots than the same tree sold balled-and-burlapped, which is dug with soil intact around roots and wrapped in burlap to hold soil in place.
Bare Performs Better: Bare-root trees take off more quickly than containerized ones because roots aren’t transitioning from container soil to local soil. Bare-root trees are planted during dormancy, which gives them weeks of root growth that spring-planted container trees lack.
Price: Bare-root trees cost 30 to 50 percent less than a container-grown tree of the same size. The cost savings occurs because you’re skipping the labor required for potting and maintaining a containerized tree.
Easier to Handle: Bare-root trees are lightweight. You can carry bare-root trees more easily and fit more in your car. Plus, when planting bare root trees, it only takes one person to maneuver a bare root!
Variety: The Growing Place offers a selection of bare-root trees every year in the spring. It’s a great way to start a new tree and save some money.
Easy Planting: Bare root trees need good soil moisture, so the two best planting times are spring (before budbreak) and mid fall (after leaf fall). Keep trees covered, shaded, and moist until actually planting in the ground. There is no need for soil amendments because the roots will be growing out into the surrounding soil very quickly.
Bare root trees should be planted as soon as possible, otherwise be sure they are stored in a cool place and out of direct sunlight.
Soak the tree roots in water for 12-24 hrs before planting. This will awake the roots and allow them to soak up needed moisture.
Prune off any split or broken roots or branches, using pruners that are sharp enough to keep from crushing or fraying the roots.
The planting hole should be wide enough to allow the roots to spread out without bending. The planting depth for a bare root tree should have the root flare at ground level. The root flare is the point where the trunk is flared and the roots begin. Place a board or stick across the hole to indicate the level where the root flare should be. Break up the clumps of soil taken from the hole as backfill.
Hold the tree straight and at the proper height, backfill loosened soil under and around the roots first, packing it firmly. Keep filling the remainder of the hole by packing the soil firmly until just about the original grade level and water.
Posted on 2/25/2016 at 5:39:00 AM