Bare Root Planting
What does that mean?
- Bare root trees are trees that are dug and stored without any soil around their roots.
- Trees can be bought “bare root,” and then planted directly into the ground.
What are the advantages of planting bare root trees?
- More root mass. Bare root trees can have up to 200% more roots than B&B or container trees, depending on the soil and transplanting history at the nursery.
- Lower cost. Without extra labor and materials, bare root trees cost seller and buyer less.
- Easier planting. A young tree without soil weighs little, so it easy to move and plant.
There must be some disadvantages!
- Less work time. Once they leave the nursery, bare root trees need to get in the ground within a week at the longest. With no soil, the roots can dry out and die if left exposed for any time.
What are the best techniques to follow for such tree planting?
- Use any technique you can to reduce the time the tree roots are bare.
- Keep trees covered, shaded, and moist until actually put in the ground.