Gardeners love to get in their “dirt therapy” whenever possible. Even though Winter has settled into January, gardeners can happily play in their gardens now that we are in the midst of Bare Root Season. Friedman’s Home Improvement offers a wide selection of bare root plants that are eagerly waiting to be planted and tended.
For those of you who are new to gardening, a bare-root perennial plant is in its dormant stage, in which the roots are bare, when it’s sold out of soil. Not all plants are able to handle this kind of environment, but there are more than you might think. Roses are probably the most well-known bare-root plant. However, there are also certain berry plants (raspberries, blueberries), fruit trees (peach, apples, cherries, nuts), shade trees (flowing plums, cherries, dogwoods, birch) and perennial fruits and vegetables (artichokes, asparagus, grapes, strawberries) that are sold as bare-root plants. They aren’t difficult to plant, when you know the proper steps.
Step 1: Purchase your bare root plants and planting supplies from Friedman’s Garden Center. If you have any questions, our Team Members will assist you and you will get the lowest price and local advice.
Step 2: Soak your bare-root plant in a bucket of water for several hours as soon as you get it home. Trim off any damaged or broken limbs and roots.
Step 3: Dig up the soil area and add compost to the top 8 inches. Work it in well.
Step 4: Dig a hole deep enough so that the top of the root system is just below the surface of the ground. Open the roots of the plant with your hands. Notice the width of the roots, and dig the hole 1 ½ times that width.
Step 5: Form a cone of soil at the bottom, center of the hole. It should be high enough so that the roots will sit around it and the tree will be at the proper height (top of roots just below the surface).
Step 6: Spread the bare-root plant’s roots so that they encompass the cone of soil. Hold the tree straight while you surround the roots with soil. Use your hand or shovel to anchor the tree and it’s roots, firming the dirt as you go. Leave the hole area slightly lower than the ground level to create a reservoir.
Step 7: Water the tree as soon as you are finished planting, giving it a good, deep drink.
For help with gardening project ideas, garden tools, and landscaping supplies, seek out one of our friendly staff at Friedman’s Home Improvement. Either visit us at Friedman’s online or at one of our Santa Rosa, Sonoma, or Ukiah stores, where you’ll get the lowest price and local advice.