How to Properly Plant and Care for Bare-Root Trees from Cold Stream Farm

When it comes to establishing a thriving landscape or adding to your green space, planting bare-root trees is an economical and eco-friendly choice. Cold Stream Farm, known for its high-quality nursery stock, offers a wide selection of bare-root trees that can transform your outdoor environment.

Why Choose Bare-Root Trees from Cold Stream Farm?

Before we dive into the planting process, let’s explore why Cold Stream Farm is an excellent source for bare-root trees:

  1. Diverse Selection: Cold Stream Farm offers a diverse range of bare-root tree species, allowing you to choose the perfect trees for your specific landscape needs.
  2. Quality Assurance: The trees from Cold Stream Farm are carefully nurtured and harvested, ensuring that you receive healthy, disease-free stock.
  3. Affordability: Bare-root trees are cost-effective compared to potted or balled-and-burlapped trees, making them an economical choice for homeowners and landscapers.
  4. Eco-Friendly: Bare-root trees have a smaller carbon footprint because they require less soil and packaging, making them an environmentally responsible choice.

Step-by-Step Guide to Planting and Caring for Bare-Root Trees

1. Choose the Right Location:

  • Select a planting site that receives the appropriate amount of sunlight for the tree species you’ve chosen. Consider factors like soil type and drainage as well.

2. Prepare the Hole:

  • Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the tree’s root system and deep enough to accommodate the roots without bending or crowding them.

3. Soak the Roots:

  • Before planting, submerge the bare-root tree’s roots in a bucket of water for several hours or overnight to rehydrate them.

4. Trim Damaged Roots:

  • Inspect the tree’s roots for any damaged or broken parts. Trim them cleanly with sharp pruners or scissors.

5. Plant at the Right Depth:

  • Position the tree in the hole, ensuring that the roots are spread out and facing downward. The tree’s root collar (the point where the roots meet the trunk) should be level with the ground surface.

6. Backfill and Water:

  • Gently backfill the hole with soil, tamping it down as you go to remove air pockets. Water the tree thoroughly to settle the soil and remove any remaining air pockets.

7. Mulch and Stake (If Necessary):

  • Apply a layer of mulch around the base of the tree to conserve moisture and suppress weeds. Stake the tree if it’s tall or in a windy area to provide support.

8. Watering and Maintenance:

  • Keep the tree consistently moist during the first year, especially during dry spells. Gradually reduce watering as the tree becomes established.
  • Monitor for pests or disease and take appropriate action if needed.
  • Prune any dead or damaged branches to encourage healthy growth.

9. Patience and Care:

  • Understand that it may take some time for your bare-root tree to establish itself fully. Be patient and continue to provide care and attention as needed.

10. Enjoy the Benefits:

  • As your bare-root tree grows and flourishes, you’ll begin to enjoy the shade, beauty, and environmental benefits it brings to your landscape.

By following these steps and choosing bare-root trees from Cold Stream Farm, you can create a vibrant and thriving landscape while contributing to the health of the environment. Bare-root trees offer excellent value and versatility, making them a wise choice for both experienced gardeners and beginners. Start your tree planting journey with Cold Stream Farm and watch your landscape flourish.

Contact Cold Stream Farm at (231) 464-5809 today or visit us online if you have questions or need advice from us to properly maintain your bare-root trees!