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Top Tips for planting Bare-Root Trees and Shrubs

by User Not Found | Jan 14, 2013

Bare-root HedgingFor those of you getting active in the garden this week here are some of my top tips for planting bare-root trees and shrubs. Let’s hope the weather doesn’t get too bad, soil that is too wet or frozen won’t be ideal for this task. One of the major advantages to planting bare rooted trees and shrubs is that they are much cheaper than in pots. Now to look at the things you should consider before planting.

My Top Tips for Planting Bareroot Trees and Shrubs:

  1. Firstly, do not allow the roots to dry out, keeping the roots covered until planted will help with this.
  2. When deciding the planting depth of the tree or shrub, take a look at the soil mark on the base of the stem it will give you an indication as the original planting depth of the tree.
  3. The next step after digging the hole for planting is to place the supporting stake(s) for the tree or shrub before planting.
  4. When planting the tree position it close to the stake to allow for tying. The shrub may not need to be positioned as close as the stake may only be used where the shrub needs shelter to be added from unfavourable weather conditions. The roots of both the trees and shrubs should lie flat when planted.
  5. Now you can fill the hole with top soil, be sure the soil goes between and over the roots.
  6. Finally, ensure that both trees and shrubs planted are well supported with ties and shelter is provided where possible. Be careful when applying the tree ties to the stake that it will not cause any damage to the tree.

I hope the above tips will be of some help. If you have any questions be sure to comment below, on our Facebook page or Twitter. If you are sowing bare root trees, shrubs or hedging please take some pictures and let us know how you get on. You can share them on our facebook page or send them to us at

All the best,