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​7 Benefits of Using Bare Root Trees In Landscaping

Posted by Tammy Sons https://www.gardenplantsnursery.com

​7 Benefits of Using Bare Root Trees In Landscaping

Planting Balled and Burlapped (B&B) trees, Containerized trees, and Bare root trees are three ways you can add trees to your landscape. Planting bare-root trees is one of the favorite ways for the landscape gardener states Tammy Sons of Tn Nursery.

Bare root treesare grown in the field and dug and stored in the dormant stage with no soil around their roots. Only the deciduous trees (fruits, roses, flowering shrubs, and ornamentals) are sold as bare roots.

Knowingly or unknowingly, many growers love to plant bare-root trees instead of containerized or potted trees. But the question is: why do they consider bare root trees in the landscape?

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Of course, there are some advantages of bare rootstocks. And before buying, you should know the benefits of using bare-root trees in landscaping.

And keep reading to explore the advantages of bare roots trees-

  1. More and Robust Root Mass

Bare-root plants have well-developed root systems because the roots can grow naturally without any hindrance to a container's walls like potted plants.

Without the large, robust, and healthy root mass, the plant growth will be stunted. And you will not get the desired production of buds, flowers, or seeds. Good news; According to Cornell University, the bare root trees have 200% more roots than B&B and containerized trees.

  1. Better Survival-Rate and Adaptability

Bare root trees remain in the dormant stage, and they are more resistant to drought, stress, and pest than container-grown trees.

Moreover, the bare root plants don't have soil, and they don't need to transition after transplanting. Also, the dormant plant is more focused on root growth and development. So, the root develops much faster, and plants adapt to new environments quickly.

Also, the bare-root plants don't face long-term plant problems like root bound, root rots, roots spiral, dense root system, and circling tangle.

Long story short, the bare-root plants have more survival rate and better performance.

  1. More accessible To Ship and Handle

You know, bare-root plants have no pots and soil. So, they are lighter than potted or container-grown stock trees. So, they don't need enough room or labor to transport or handle.

You can use a small vehicle or standard parcel delivery services to collect a large amount of bare roots stocks from your garden centers without the help of laborers.

Also, you don't need anyone's help to plant the lightweight bare rootstock. Only one man is enough to plant the stock in the hole.

  1. Easy to Planting

Maintaining planting depth is essential. Because planting too deep and too shallow causes premature decline, improper air availability, and shortens the life expectancy of trees.

And you don't need to overthink about the depth of planting bare roots plants. They have good adaptability. Just dig a hole 1 foot wider and 1 inch deeper than the root mass and plant at the same level in the nursery. And for bare-root trees, it is easy to find.

  1. Cost-saving Option

You know, it is lightweight, easy to handle, and needs lower space to transport. That's why the transport and shipping cost, labor, and material cost will be minimal.

Also, Bare-root trees are almost 30-60% cheaper than root-balled and container-grown trees. Because they don't need pots, potting soil, and too much maintenance (irrigation). So, the seller's cost goes down as well as the price of the bare root trees.

  1. Environment Friendly

Bare root trees are an environment-friendly option for the grower. They don't come with plastic pots or containers. And you know, plastic pollution adversely affects wildlife and humans.

Because of the lighter weight of bare rootstocks, the vehicle needs less fuel to consume while shipping or transporting. And you know, lower fuel burn means lower air pollution.

  1. Availability of the Plants

All spring nurseries mainly offer bare-root plants. But why? Because bare-root trees require less space and are easy to ship online or offline. So, the bare roots form of plants is more available in the local nurseries than other forms, and you are getting a more excellent selection of your plants.

How to Choose the Best Bare Root Trees for Landscaping?

Only healthy trees can give you a beautiful and satisfying home orchard and landscape. And if you want to plant bare rootstocks, you should know what to look at before purchasing bare-root trees-

  1. Look into the root structure and ensure the roots are moist, firm, straight, healthy, and robust. Don't choose the trees that have broken, kinked, nubby, round, or circular-shaped roots.
  2. The plant stems should be free from mold and mildew.
  3. The stems shouldn't be damaged or broken chiefly. It is okay to pick the bare rootstock with a few broken stems.

How to Succeed With Bare Root Plants?

If you want to grow your healthy bare root stock successfully and get the desired production, you should note some key points-

  1. Plant your bare root trees as soon as possible before emerging the new growth.
  2. Don't let the roots dry out. It is better to place them into the water to soak before planting. And apply water regularly after planting.
  3. Prune the dead and broken roots. But never cut off the long, healthy roots to make planting easier.
  4. Dig the hole in such a way that the roots of the tree don't bend or crowd.
  5. Don't apply fertilizer too quickly.

Conclusion

You may pick bare root, potted or B&B form of trees for landscaping. Selecting the right stocks, planting, and maintaining them perfectly are the way to get a beautiful landscape with the desired yield.

After that, if you want to plant many trees, bare-root trees are more economical options than potted and B&B forms of trees. Besides, there are many other benefits of using bare-root trees in landscaping, such as more root mass, ease of shipping or handling, and better survival rates.

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1st image is a balled and burlapped tree, 2nd is a container tree, 3rd is a bare root tree