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Planting Instructions

All our trees are sent BARE ROOT, well-packed in moist shredded paper or moist wood shavings. 

Upon arrival immediately heel your plants into a trench of worked earth and keep them shaded. Roots must be cool and damp at all times (not just left in a bucket of water).

Prepare your sites before taking plants into the field. The bigger the planting hole, the better: even a seedling's roots will soon fill it.

Use the soil from planting location to fill in the hole. This will help the tree integrate into its new environment. Large rocks can be removed, arranged near the surface or gently placed in the hole (depending on the rock).

Well-rotted manure or finished compost can be spread on top of the replaced soil, but away from the trunk. Nutrients will trickle down as it rains, aiding in strong growth. Apply mulch (leaves, wood chips, straw or hay) heavily to prevent nutrient, and moisture loss, while feeding the soil biology.

Dry weather watering is necessary for the first two years after planting. Heavy watering once a week is better than daily sprinkling.

Keep weed free.

A Few Extra Tips

  • Remember to check your hardiness zone before selecting your trees.
  • Tie your trees—especially the tall skinny ones—to a supporting pole or stake. Otherwise the wind moves the tops and tears the roots, which greatly retards growth.
  • Resist mulching too heavily. Many critters will mistake large piles of mulch as a luxury condo and happily move in. 
  • Try to remember your plants' names in Latin. Then you can tell a German or a Manchurian all about them because they use the same universal nomenclature.