A Guide on How to Plant Bare Root Trees
Planting bare root trees can seem intimidating, but it is actually quite simple if you follow these steps:
- Choose the right location: Choose a location that receives adequate sunlight and has well-draining soil. Avoid areas with compacted soil or heavy foot traffic.
- Prepare the planting hole: Dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the root ball. Loosen the soil at the bottom of the hole to help the roots grow more easily.
- Soak the roots: If the tree has been out of the ground for more than a few hours, it’s a good idea to soak the roots in a bucket of water for a few hours before planting. This will help the roots stay hydrated and healthy.
- Place the tree in the hole: Gently spread the roots out in the hole, making sure they are not tangled or bunched up. The trunk should be straight and vertical.
- Backfill the hole: Add soil back into the hole, tamping it down gently as you go. Make sure the soil is well-packed around the roots to prevent air pockets.
- Water the tree: Water the tree thoroughly, making sure the soil is moist all the way to the bottom of the hole.
- Mulch the area: Spread a layer of mulch around the base of the tree, making sure to keep the mulch a few inches away from the trunk. This will help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
- Stake the tree (if necessary): If the tree is tall or in an area with strong winds, you may need to stake it to keep it upright. Place the stake on the side of the tree where the prevailing wind comes from, and tie the trunk to the stake with a soft, flexible material like tree tie or a soft piece of fabric.
- Monitor the tree: Check on the tree regularly to make sure it’s growing well. Water it when the soil is dry, and remove any weeds or grass that may be competing for nutrients.
By following these steps, you can ensure that your bare root tree gets off to a healthy start and grows strong for years to come.