Planting bare root and B&B trees | The Impatient Gardener

Planting bare root and B&B trees | The Impatient Gardener

The advice you’ve been given about how to plant a tree may no longer be right. Here’s a “new” method of planting trees that helps the succeed in the long term.

Some of the methods I’m referring to here are contrary what you may have been told about planting trees in the past, but studies have shown that we’ve been doing some things wrong when planting trees. Often we don’t realize this until a decade (or more) down the road when a tree starts declining.

I’d invite you to read some of the more current studies about planting trees and then make your own decision on what method you’d like to follow:
– Busting the myth of fragile roots (By Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott of Washington State University):
– Busting the myth of adding soil amendments when planting:
– Planting at the root flare:
– Root washing a B&B or containerized tree:
– Root washing planting method (By Community Forestry Consultants):
-Another root washing tutorial:

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  1. Michael Anger on February 15, 2022 at 10:58 pm

    I have a silver maple tree that is growing right on my right side of my house like right next to the wall it is almost done dropping all of it’s leaves, will that be a good time to dig it out of the ground and relocate somewhere else in my yard? The tree is about 8 months old and its about 6 feet tall.

  2. Maureen Newman on February 15, 2022 at 11:05 pm

    Just an observation from a long time gardener….I would not leave the bare roots hanging out in the air like that while I talked about how to plant it….I would keep it in a bucket of water or have the roots covered with a wet sheet or towel. The fine root hairs dry out very easily and could affect the success of your planting.

  3. RATLIFF FAMILY LAWNS on February 15, 2022 at 11:09 pm

    Very interesting video 😀

  4. Stephanie 45 on February 15, 2022 at 11:10 pm

    Is it possible to fix a poorly planted tree? We took advantage of a program, in our city, that provides free trees. Great program, but the nursery that planted the trees seemed to do everything wrong. They had left the trees staked and tied up very tightly, which I removed soon afterward. They also left these huge mulch islands around the planting hole. I keep trying to pull the mulch away from the trunk because I see areas where the truck is turning green but I’m not sure I have pulled away enough. I wasn’t at home when they planted the trees so I’m not sure how deep they put them in.

  5. Michigan Garden Gal on February 15, 2022 at 11:19 pm

    Great video. I’ve always had the same thought of not wanting to get a bare root tree. Not sure why either. This definitely seems a lot easier!

  6. J J on February 15, 2022 at 11:26 pm

    info is very helpful – thanks!

  7. Denise Robinson on February 15, 2022 at 11:29 pm

    i planted a small crap apple 2 weeks ago (pretty much bare root) and it looks a little sick. i put cotton burr in the hole and around it, the lady at the garden center recommended it. It is not too deep, (at least i don’t think it is.) i felt it was too shallow/high in the hole. Iowa has had monsoon rains for a month. could it be TOO MUCH water ? the leaves look kinda limp. any ideas what i can do ?

  8. Shirley Senkler on February 15, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    We’ve had such severe wind storms the last fewq years I loosened the stakes on a maple but left them in place so it doesn’t blow over. This tree replaces one that was severely damaged in a storm. It is doing very well, good height and trunk is thickening nicely.
    I planted serviceberry several years ago but got rid of them because they attracted every Japanese beetle in the city. I have better success with maples and arborvitae. I learned how to properly mulch several years ago and cringe when I see a mulch volcano around a tree. Lots of new trees in my city and you would think a landscaper should know better.
    Just recently discovered your channel and am enjoying it and learning from you and Garden Answer. Gardening books are great but sometimes seeing a gardener actually explaining the why’s is so much better.

  9. Lee-Roy Castermans on February 15, 2022 at 11:31 pm

    It’s a late reaction, but finally, someone clearly explaining how to plant trees and shrubs with the current science in mind ^^ Big thumbs up!

  10. Carmen Bailey on February 15, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    Wish you great success with your trees, your dogwood is my very favourite, but I was told to go with a native dogwood here in Ontario because the winters can be a bit harsh

  11. Salvador Nobre Veiga on February 15, 2022 at 11:36 pm

    I use 2×3 as my posts and then i used a piece of hose with a bungee rope i had available. I know normal string with piece of hose is not recommended but the bungee rope is stretchy so there is like a lot of give. Would this be okay?

  12. Starla Kelsey on February 15, 2022 at 11:38 pm

    I love service berry. We call them June Berry in my area. The birds love them. I have always wanted to make a jelly out of them but birds get them before we can. We actually planted them before we even finished building our house since I had them at other home. Seems they are great little trees in all areas.

  13. SuperWoodyboy on February 15, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    Hi…been looking for a nice Pink Dogwood such as the one you just planted…can you tell me where you bought it…..Thanks….always enjoy your vids!

  14. Elliott Solheim on February 15, 2022 at 11:41 pm

    What is that interesting tree in the background to your right at 12:30? It looks wavy. Very unique.

  15. Tamara Wilcox on February 15, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    THANK YOU SO MUCH for demonstrating the process of, and citing the recent studies relevant to, this well-researched planting method!!! “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.” ~ Maya Angelou 🙂

  16. Karmic Popcorn on February 15, 2022 at 11:43 pm

    A mulch crater!

  17. Ellen Shaw on February 15, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Very helpful. So many tips using new methods that make so much sense. Never too late to learn new things 😊

  18. ต้อม ปลูกผักสวนครัว Garden Plants on February 15, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    hi, I’m new friend, thanks for sharing ^^

  19. Natalie Bachina on February 15, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    Great video! Does the same apply to evergreens? We will be planting 5 Taylor Juniper trees as a privacy fence. They also have a "root flare", etc, right? After watching, I decided to amend the entire row of soil where we will be planting them, not individual holes. Want to mix in some compost and soil conditioner.

  20. Art+team Beverly on February 15, 2022 at 11:54 pm

    you are doing great thanks for this channel.

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