Burlap Ball Planting Instructions


Plants, trees or shrubs with roots encased in burlap are both easy to handle and plant in the soil. Because the burlap fabric contains the roots in a tight and compact bundle, you have no worry about injuring the roots during the planting process. In fact, you can even store a burlapped plant or tree in a shady location without immediately planting it, provided you keep the root system adequately moist with daily water.

Step 1

Spread the tarp near the planting location.

Step 2

Dig a hole that is three times wider than the burlap ball and slightly shallower than the burlap ball. Place the soil onto the tarp as you remove it from the ground.

Step 3

Add one part compost and one part peat moss to one part topsoil on the tarp. Mix the soil ingredients well to combine them. You will have some leftover soil when you finish planting.

Step 4

Cut away the top one-third to two-thirds of the burlap fabric from around the root ball of the plant or tree if the burlap is a natural-weave fabric. Remove the burlap completely from the root ball if the burlap is synthetic.

Step 5

Place the burlapped plant or tree into the prepared hole. Fill soil in around the plant or tree, taking the soil directly from the nearby tarp. Continue filling the hole until the soil is just beneath the top of the root ball. Do not tamp the soil down too firmly; because you may compress the soil so much that water cannot reach the plant roots adequately.

Step 6

Store the leftover topsoil and organic ingredients for other planting projects.

Tips and Warnings

  • Never lift a burlapped plant or tree by grasping the trunk. Always lift a burlapped plant or tree by holding the burlapped ball.

Things You'll Need

  • Tarp
  • Shovel
  • Knife


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