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Bare - Root Planting Directions
Bare-Root Planting Tips
When your plant arrives, open the box immediately and add water to the roots unless you are going to plant
right away. Keep in a cool place and plant within 2 to 3 days.

1. Soak the roots in water while you are preparing
your holes.

2. Dig a shallow, wide planting hole. The hole
should be almost twice as wide as the root system
about as deep as the roots are long. Planting to
deep is a major cause of plant death.

3. Mound soil in the bottom of the hole so that the
peak reaches just about ground level:   
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4. Set the plant so the crown (the part between
roots and where stems will emerge) sits at or just
below the soil line. Spread the roots so they
cascade over the mound. Backfill with soil mix; by
hand, pack down the soil.
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5. Make sure the plant is standing straight and the
crown is just below ground level.

6. Mulch around the base of the plant. The mulch
should be 2 to 3 inches deep. Be sure to pull the
mulch away from the plant to prevent disease and
insect damage, especially in the South.

7. Water slowly and thoroughly.

8. Keep plants watered during their first season,
even drought tolerant plants. Twice weekly deep
soaking will encourage the root system. It is best to
water early in the day, giving foliage a chance to
dry out before evening hours - to reduce disease
possibilities and crown rot. Apply a layer of
compost each spring to provide nutrients and
maintain soil health.
Drive a single stake about three-
fourths the height of the tree at a
distance of 2 inches to 4 inches
from the center of the planting
hole on the southwest side of the
tree trunk (Figure 11–20). Fasten
the tree to the stake with nylon
tape or strapping formed in a
loose loop just above the lowest
scaffold branches, or 6 inches
above the lowest point at which
you can hold the tree upright.
Have your holes dug before your trees arrive, get your new
trees planted within 2 to 3 days after they arrive.