How to Plant a Bare Root Tree or Shrub

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To plant a bare root tree or shrub, remove the plastic or burlap immediately to allow the roots some air and then plant the tree as deep as the roots, being careful not to cover any bark. Try planting trees and shrubs in the fall, so they will establish... View Video Transcript

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Yolanda Vanveen

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Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen, and in this segment we're going to discuss how to plant a bare root tree or shrub. Now, trees and shrubs can't come in all shapes and sizes, and there's many different ways you can buy em'. You can buy them in a pot already growing, you can start em' by seed, or you can buy em' by the bare roots, and basically, that is just a tree that has all the dirt removed from the roots, and all you have is the tree and the root. And they'll wrap up the tree, usually in plastic, or you'll put it in a burlap bag, and you'll just have the bare rooted tree, or shrubs come that way too. And so, when you plant it the first thing you should do is give the roots some air. That means take em' out of whatever bag, or whatever they're in, or container, and really separate em', and really give em' some new growth. And sometimes it doesn't hurt to even trim em' back a little bit, or just break em' up a little bit cause' then that encourages new growth, so that's the first thing you should do. And whether you're putting them in the ground or another container plants actually like to be a little bit tight. They don't want to be in too big of containers, but yet trees, like pine trees, that grow very quickly it's better to start with a smaller pot, get a good set of roots, and then move to a larger pot. And when you're growing in containers make sure that you've got plenty of room for the roots to expand, so a lot of times if it's a a big growing tree you can get a larger container. And when you plant it make sure not to plant it any deeper than where the root line was from the original tree, cause' if you plant the dirt up to this line a lot of times what happens is the tree, the the tree won't get any oxygen, and for a tree their bark is like our skin, and if it part of their skin is covered at all times, for example like a band aid covers our skin; I know from the kids if you don't get that band aid off within a few days the skin starts to get a bad rash on it, and that's what happens to trees too. You don't want to cover any of the bark, so you make sure when you cover the dirt that the, that the dirt is not going past where the roots have ended. And then, just make sure and plant it a little bit below the lines so that when you water it the water doesn't come out. And always plant your trees or shrubs as soon as possible, because you want to get those roots some air and get em' out of the bags, or get em' out of the containers as the bare root. And make sure if they're in a burlap bag to take all of the burlap off before you put em' in the ground. The burlap does kind of disintegrate over time too, but it will strangle part of the roots if it can't actually spread out very well. So, plant em' any time of the year. The best time to plant trees and shrubs is in the fall so they have all winter to get established and lots of water, but you can really transplant em' any time of year as long as you give em' lots of water.