Bare Root Tree Planting (by Montana Grant)
By angelamontana

Posted: April 5, 2020

Now is the time to begin thinking about bringing your Johnny Appleseed to the surface. This is tree planting time.

Consider planting bare root trees. These trees require a smaller hole and do so well in Montana. Whether you are looking at ornamentals like Lilacs, or fruit trees like cherries or apples, bare roots are the way to go.

Every time you dig a hole in Montana, you end up pulling out a ton of rocks. What I prefer to do is to use a wheelbarrow and a screen to sift my dirt that comes out of the hole. Now I have grated dirt and a screen full of rocks for the driveway.

When you plant a potted plant, the hole must be at least the same size as the pot. Considering the rocks, you will pull out, you will need to add additional soil. Try and find a home for the rocks. I can’t believe anyone buys rocks in Montana.

The Bare root trees require a smaller footprint or hole. You still want to get them deep enough, add some nutrient, and water them well, but you can get more for less with a bare rooted tree. 

If you are planting a fruit tree, consider adding a fertilizer stake to the hole. A support post or T-pole post will also give strength to the tree during the wind. Consider putting a ring of pavers or edging material around the tree base. Layer some wood chips over some weed barrier to keep the tree healthy and looking good. 

Do it right the first time and reap the harvest!

Dig It now!

Montana Grant

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