Numerous benefits exist for the gardener to consider when choosing a bareroot tree to plant. Sold widely by online nurseries, bareroot trees offer ease of shipment and a lower shipping cost due to their lighter weight without soil. Shipped dormant, the trees are easily planted during the early spring or late fall. The trees offer ease of planting because they don't have a heavy soil root ball attached. This makes the tree easy to lift, position and plant without putting undue stress on a gardener's back or body.
Plant the bareroot tree within 24 hours of receiving it. Unpack the shipping material from around the tree place the tree's root system in a bucket of water for 3 to 6 hours prior to planting.
Dig a hole that is one-and-a-half times the size of the tree's root system. The hole should be deep enough to place the top roots of the tree at least 1 inch below the soil's surface.
Make a firm cone in the bottom of the hole of soil. The cone will help support the tree's roots.
Mix compost, leaf debris, peat moss or aged manure into the soil. The soil with the additives should feel crumbly to the touch.
Look over the trees bare roots prior to planting. Trim away any roots that are broken or appear damaged with a pair of pruners.
Place the tree's roots gently into the hole. Spread the roots out across the bottom of the hole and over the soil cone.
Fill in the hole with the soil. Firmly push the soil down so all air pockets are removed.
Apply 2 to 3 inches of mulch around the base of the tree, but at least several inches away from its trunk. Use peat moss or bark chips.
Water the tree thoroughly. Keep the tree moist but not overly wet until it establishes itself.