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Bare Root Trees Washington OR

Bare Root Trees Washington OR

Bare Root Trees Washington

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In 2010, we moved to the shores of Puget Sound to start a new chapter of our life with our four children.A. If you cannot plant your trees and shrubs the same day you purchased them you MUST protect them from the elements. Cover the roots with moist sawdust or other mulch and store the plants in an area protected from heat or wind. An area tucked up under the eaves of the house will work. Do not leave them unplanted for more than a few days.B. Spread the root system of each plant out before you dig to estimate how deep and wide the planting hole needs to be. The hole should be twice as wide as the roots (in all directions) and no deeper than the distance from the bottom of the root flare on the trunk of the plant to the lowest roots. Build a mound in the middle of the planting hole to lay the ro

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Fields being considered for nursery stock production should have a minimum of 8 to 10 inches well-drained profile. A soil probe can be used to determine the soil profile. Soil type can be sandy for bare root production. Heavy clay soils should be avoided due to poor drainage and aeration, but can be improved by the addition of organic matter or several years of a green manure crop.. The best sites for field production have moderate slope for air and water drainage, or if flat, have good internal soil water drainage. Nursery stock that has been flooded is often weakened and predisposed to increased disease and insect problems. Soils should be tested to determine whether the pH needs adjusting, and if particular nutrients need to be incorporated prior to planting. Soils should be tested for pH, P, K and certain micronutrients, and possible pesticide residues, depending on prior uses of the site. Soil pH should range from 6 to 6.5 for most plants, lower (5 to 6) for acid-loving plants like azaleas. Fields should be plowed and disced prior to planting. Most planting is done in the spring, with some also in the fall. On some sites, depending upon plant spacing, erosion potential and other factors, it may be desirable to establish a cover crop.

D. Place the plant on top of the mound and arrange the roots in the planting hole. Keeping the plant aligned properly, backfill the hole with soil and tamp as you go. Use a gloved hand with your fingers splayed to push the soil vertically into the hole. DO NOT stomp on the soil to firm it up! Sometimes this is best done as a two person job. Fill the hole up as high as the bottom of the identified trunk flare and firm the surface.Considerable field production is done without any supplemental irrigation, but this increases the potential for poor growth and survivability. Some fields are irrigated on an "as needed" basis with portable overhead systems (rainreels, moveable pipes, etc.), with the ideal situation being to have drip irrigation available for all plants. Water source, water quality, soil type, plant type and spacing, climate and topography must all be considered when designing an irrigation system, with each type of system having advantages and disadvantages. (Source: depts.washington.edu)

 

 

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