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Welcome to Bareroot Season

by Malachy - Horticulturist CountryLife Dungarvan | Oct 02, 2015

Welcome to bareroot season
Following on from our "Branching Out" blog on trees with seasonal interest, this week we are going to take a closer look at planting trees and hedging and what you should do to get the best results in your garden.

Now is a perfect time to think about planting bare rooted tress and hedges as the soil is still warm and has a good amount of moisture to help establish the plants. At the moment in CountryLife we have entered into what is known as bare root season with the imminent delivery of our bare rooted trees and hedging to the garden centre. Now is a perfect time to think about planting bare rooted tress and hedges as the soil is still warm and has a good amount of moisture to help establish the plants.

The most significant thing to do when thinking about trees and hedges for your garden is to look at your garden with a critical eye and determine how much space you have to work with. When you are looking at trees and hedges you want to think five to ten years down the line and the size they will be then and if they will still fit the space.

There is nothing worse than planting a tree or hedge for it to ultimately out-grow its position in a few years’ time. If you do your research first and pick the correct tree or hedge for your garden you can avoid any extra work down the road.

Once you have found your hedge or tree the next step is preparing the ground for planting. It is vital the area is weed free and that you remove any large stones or rubble from the planting site. I like to work a lot of well-rotted manure into the hole to give the tree or hedge a great start. With bare rooted plants it is important to gently spread out the roots so they do not get tangled together as they grow.

When you have positioned the plant you can backfill the hole with soil firming as you go

When you have positioned the plant you can backfill the hole with soil firming as you go. Even is the soil is moist it is important to water the plant in well. This will not only water the plant but also help the soil to settle around the plant’s roots.

While you are preparing the site and planting it is imperative to keep the remaining bare root plants protected and not to let them dry out. In my eyes this is the main reason plants can fail as they have been left for too long and the roots dry out. It is important to keep them covered until you are ready to plant them and then get them in the ground as quick as you can.

When it comes to securing newly planted trees in place attitudes have changes and gardeners have moved away from long stakes in favour of shorter ones which are only around 3 foot tall. It is believed these are better as they allow the tree to move slightly which helps it to anchor itself better.

If you are planting a more mature tree which will need more support two stakes joined together with a piece of wood will work very well. This option is commonly seen in public spaces and in parks. No matter which stake option you go for it is vital to secure it tree to it using an adjustable tie which should be checked regularly and loosened as the tree matures. 

Written by Malachy

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Malachy's Bio 
I have been gardening since I was 5 years old when my mother gave me a part of our garden as my own. I have studied horticulture in the National Botanical Gardens in Glasnevin and was a winner in the young horticulturist of the year competition. I have worked in Several plant nurseries and garden centers such as Mount Congreve in Co. Waterford. My special interests are plant propagation and Cacti!

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