If you're like most people, you probably think of bare root trees as something that needs to be planted right away. But if you want your tree to thrive, there are a few things you need to do before planting it.
In this blog post, we'll walk you through the steps for prepping your bare root tree, so it can get off to a healthy start. First, bare root trees need to be kept moist. As soon as you take them home, you should submerge the roots in a bucket of water for at least four hours.
This will help ensure that your tree has enough moisture to survive until it can be planted in the ground. You may also want to store them in a cool, dark place with the roots wrapped in damp burlap or paper towels until planting time.
Next, bare root trees need to have their roots pruned before they are put into the ground. It's important to remove any dead or damaged wood and cut off any long, thin roots that could get tangled when being transplanted into the soil.
When you're done trimming, make sure to dip the bare roots in a root hormone before planting. This will help encourage the roots to grow faster and stronger.
Finally, bare root trees should be planted as soon as possible after you purchase them. The best time for planting is usually early spring when temperatures are just starting to rise.
If you wait too long, the tree may not be able to establish itself properly in its new environment. However, if you purchase your bare root trees in the fall and can't plant due to weather, follow the instructions above.
Make sure to dig a hole that is twice as wide and deep as the bare root tree's root ball and fill it with nutrient-rich soil before placing the tree into position.
Afterward, give your tree a good watering and some mulch around its base to keep it moist and warm until it can adjust to its new home.
By following these steps, you'll be able to give your bare root trees the best chance at survival and a healthy start in their new environment. Happy planting!