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Plant a bare root fruit tree
Jan 12, 2012 - Charlotte from Peaceful Valley
Things change. Advice for planting bare root trees has changed too.
Colorado State University studied root growth in fruit trees. They have a planting technique that expands root growth by 400%.
Tricia plants a bare root tree the new way in our latest video. No more deep holes here, the new method calls for a shallow, saucer-shaped hole that is three times as wide as the tree roots.
These standards have been adopted industry wide, including endorsement by the American Nursery and Landscape Association (ANLA), American Society of Consulting Arborists (ASCA), American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), Associated Landscape Contractors of America (ALCA), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), and Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA).
Our complete directions on how to plant a bare root tree are in our downloadable PDF Growing Guide, Fruit & Nut Trees.
MULCHING NEWLY PLANTED TREES
Colorado State warns against mulching around the base of the new tree:
With newly planted trees, do NOT place mulch directly over the root ball. Rather, mulch the backfill area and beyond. Never place mulch up against the trunk as this may lead to bark decay. Over the backfill area and beyond, 3-4 inches of wood chip mulch gives better weed control and prevents additional soil compaction from foot traffic.
There’s an epidemic of over-mulching trees. Some call it “volcano mulching”. Make sure it doesn’t happen on your property!
BARE ROOT TREE SEASON IS DECEMBER & JANUARY
Whether you want to try the new-fangled planting method from Colorado State, or go with the traditional way, be sure to take advantage of one of the great bargains in food production—bare root trees.
Someday you could be looking at your own almond trees in bloom!
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