Planting Bare Root Trees
Planting Bare Root Trees & Shrubs
It is best to plant bare root trees as soon as possible in order to keep the roots from drying out. If you can’t plant because of weather or soil conditions, store the trees in a cool place and keep the roots moist.
|Keep plants out of the sun and covered until ready to plant. Roots can be soaked in water 3-6 hours prior to planting. Remove straw from the roots. Prune broken root ends prior to planting.|
|Plant the tree with the upper-most root no more than 1 inch below the surrounding grade. Fill the hole two-thirds of the way with soil, tamp the soil with your foot, then fill the remainder of the hole with water. Soil amendments (peat moss, fertilizer, etc.) are not necessary. No more than 1 inch of soil should cover the first woody root.|
|Wood mulch can be placed over any bare soil area and should be kept away from the trunk. Mulch depth should be 3-4 inches maximum|
State law requires anyone doing any excavating to call Gopher State One Call (GSOC) at least 48 hours in advance (excluding weekends and holidays). Call (651) 454-0002 or 8-1-1 (press 1 for GSOC).