How To Plant Bare Root Trees, Roses And Shrubs
Planting bare root trees is probably easier than planting containerized plants because you don't have to dig a very big hole.
Cut the plants back before you plant them. This is really important because the plants don't have a big root system to support a lot of foliage in the spring. It will also make the plants more compact and bushier. So don't hesitate to get your secateurs out!
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Planting Bare Root Trees Step-By-Step
Step 1: Prepare the ground by removing weeds or grass sod.
Step 2: Dig a large enough hole to fit the roots comfortably. You should be able to spread the roots out so they don't end up all in the same spot.
Step 3: Plant the shrub or tree at the same height as before and make sure you don't plant them too deep or too high.
If you plant a tree, insert a stake into the hole before planting so you don't damage the roots.
Mix in some good compost if your soil is not of good quality.
Step 4: Firm the soil gently around the roots.
There is no need for fertilizer at this time of the year because the plants will not grow until spring. You can feed the plants later on.
Step 5: Don't forget to water them in. This helps to get the roots into contact with the soil and fills up air pockets.
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In the spring you have to make sure that they are well watered until they are established with a good root system. A layer of mulch will help to keep the moisture in the soil and prevent drying out. Make sure to keep grass and weeds away around your new plants.
Give them a light feeding with a general organic fertilizer or compost once they start growing new shoots and leaves.
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