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Bare Root Tree Planting Guide

Steps for planting your bare root tree:​​

  • Allow your tree's roots to soak in water an hour or two before planting. Do not soak the roots for more than 24 hours.

  • A planting hole that is large enough to accommodate your tree's current root system with some extra room to grow.

  • Spread out the dormant tree's roots to encourage outward growth.

  • Keep the tree vertical in the planting hole (perpendicular to the ground) so that it grows straight.

  • Use Tree Stakes to encourage straight growth, especially with dwarfing rootstocks and windy sites.

  • Keep the graft union (noticeable "bump" in the lower trunk) 2-3 inches above the ground.

  • Refill the hole with native soil (what was removed at digging time), and any other soil amendments.

  • Gently tamp out any air pockets from the soil once the planting hole is filled.

  • Thoroughly water your newly planted tree.

See the diagram to the left for suggested planting in clay laden soils. In our desert environment it is often wise to plant "above grade" This allows for better drainage. Still dig out a SQUARE hole, then backfill with a mix of ammended soil and naitive soils. Mound the same mix of soils around the tree as shown. MAKE SURE THE GRAFT IS ABOVE SOIL LEVEL! The graft is the knotty looking area towards the base of the trunk of your tree. Mulch heavily around the tree. 


Note: If planting on a slight incline, like that of a hillside or other slope, be sure to pull the remaining soil around to the lower side of the tree to form a berm. Typically, a berm is used when planting on a hill or an incline because it works like a levy to retain water. Instead of the water running off and down the hill, the berm will act as a retainer and the water will soak down to the roots of the your tree