Q; I bought a bare root tree, now what do I do?
A: When buying a bare root tree we recommend taking it home and getting it in the ground as soon as possible. If that is not possible, you need to put it in a cool area out of direct sunlight and cover the roots with wetted-down mulch or straw. Exposing the roots to sunlight rays for a long period of time will cause the roots to dry and cause poor survival and growth.
When it comes time to plant -
Dig a hole wider than seems necessary, so the roots can grow outward without crowding. Usually its about 2 feet wide by 2.5 feet deep.
Plant the tree so that the crown sits at the natural soil level.
While holding the tree upright begin backfilling the hole, pressing the soil around and between the roots to avoid air pockets. Continue adding your dirt until you've filled the hole.
Finish with a generous watering.
If you are adding mulch, spread it to a depth of 2-3" over the entire planting hole. Mulch can help conserve water & prevent weeds.