When you buy a tree grown in a root control bag you get over 80% of the roots. As a result, when the tree is planted it grows vigorously right away. Because the bag is full of fibrous roots, we can grow a larger tree and it will be several hundreds pounds lighter than a similar tree that is balled and burlapped. Many of our customers choose to plant their own trees, and one grown in a root control bag is much more manageable. There are lots of roots in the bag waiting to take off, so keeping your tree adequately watered after planting is the best way to ensure healthy survival. We recommending staking your new tree for one full year. Roots need oxygen, so do not put anything (mulch, rocks, grass, even dirt) on top of the rootball. See watering instructions below. To find out how to plant, watch this short YouTube video:
The procedure for planting trees that are in plastic pots is similar to root control bags as described above. However, there are a few differences so please watch this YouTube video to learn the details. Important similarities are that you should stake the tree and not put anything (mulch, rocks, grass, dirt) on top of the rootball so that oxygen can reach the roots.
85% - 95% of roots are removed when a tree is dug for transplanting. Therefore, the idea when planting trees is to promote rapid re-growth of roots and to reduce stress imposed by the moving process.
Watch this YouTube video to see how it's done:
The goal when watering your new tree is to keep the roots moist, but not too wet. Between waterings allow the ground to become slightly damp without being completely dry, so that air is available to the roots. Seventy-five percent of a tree's roots are within 2 feet of the surface; they need both air and water. To complicate matters, two trees planted in close proximity may be in completely different soils. So how do you know how much to water? Easy -- just follow the guidelines below and remember, trees do best when there is time for the soil to drain and dry slightly between waterings. They also do better if the soil is wetted deeply (2 feet) rather than shallowly (6 inches).