Why Bare Root?
What does bare root mean?
Bare root trees are trees that are dug and stored without any soil around their roots. (Video)
Trees can be bought "bare root," and then planted directly into the
ground. While you’re likely familiar with potted plants, which are
commonly seen at garden centers, bare-root trees and shrubs are becoming
more available. You may have looked at those soil-free twigs with dried
up roots and wondered, “How could this grow?” But once you know the
advantages of bare-root trees and their easy care, you’ll realize you’ve opened up a whole new world of plant possibilities.
We believe bare-root trees and shrubs are the wave of the future –
especially when considering rising fuel costs. For newly developed
neighborhoods, yards and cities, bare root is an economical way to grow
more trees, saving up to 50% on plant costs. With their air filtering
effects, water and energy conservation capabilities, trees are truly the
power houses of being green.
What are the advantages of planting bare root trees?
More root mass.
You can see the root system. When it comes to B&B and containerized
trees, the roots are hidden below the soil, so you can’t tell if
they’re twisted (girdled) around the trunk. With bare-root trees, the
entire root system is exposed, so what you see is what you get. Bare
root trees can have up to 200% more roots than B&B or container
trees, depending on the soil and transplanting history at the nursery.
Without extra labor and materials, bare root trees cost less and are
usually larger. It makes planting in large quantities easier on the
Easier planting. A young tree without soil weighs little, so it easy to move and plant.
You can see the root flare (the area between the straight trunk and
roots) on a bare-root tree, which is often hidden in trees sold in pots.
Planting the root flare slightly above the ground grade provides the
best positioning for your new tree. You’ll have control over that with a
bare-root tree because you’ll see the flare. Burying the tree too
deeply like many potted trees are can suffocate the root system and
create a weaker tree- susceptible to damage later on.
Environmentally friendly. Less fuel spent on transporting extra soil and no need for plastic pots.
What are the best techniques to follow for bare root tree planting?
Use common planting techniques and reduce the time the tree roots are
bare. Keep roots covered, shaded, and moist until actually put in the
ground. We’ll supply you with easy to follow instructions. That’s all
there is to it! Though they may appear weakly without a soil-bound
root-ball, these plants really are robust and healthy – and easily
established directly into your landscape. Once you get comfortable with
bare-root plant material, you won’t miss lugging around that heavy
root-ball! Whether you want your trees for their flowers, fruit or
foliage, buying bare-root will get you a great value for your money.
You’ll also save on some back-breaking work as you make your yard – and
the world – a little greener.