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How to Plant Bare Root Trees

Planting trees is not always an easy job specially if you have a bare root tree , in this Article we will discuss how to plant this type of trees

Step by Step

1. Unpack your trees, remove all packing materials, carefully untangle the roots and soak the roots in water 3 to 6 hours. Do not allow the roots to dry out.

Illustration of a bare root tree being planted according to the first step.

2. Dig a hole, wider than seems necessary, so the roots can grow outward without crowding. Remove any grass within a 3-foot circular area. To aid root growth, turn soil in an area up to 3 feet in diameter.

Illustration of a bare root tree being planted according to the second step.

3. Plant the tree at the same depth it stood in the nursery, with plenty of room for the roots. Partially fill the hole, firming the soil around the lower roots. Do not add soil amendments such as peat or bark. Do not use fertilizer, potting soil, or chemicals on your new trees.

Illustration of a bare root tree being planted according to the third step.

4. Shovel in the remaining soil. It should be firmly but not tightly packed. Construct a water-holding basin around the tree. Give the tree plenty of water.

Illustration of a bare root tree being planted according to the fourth step.

5. After the water has soaked in, spread protective mulch two inches deep in a 3-foot diameter area around the base of the tree, but not touching the trunk.

Illustration of a bare root tree being planted according to the fifth step.

6. The soil and mulch around your trees should be kept moist but not soggy. During dry weather, generously water the tree every 7 to 10 days during the first year. Water slowly at the dripline.

Illustration of a bare root tree being planted according to the sixth step.

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