It is March. This is the time of year that many people are shopping for their landscape trees, shrubs, and fruit trees. Here are some tips for preparing your trees and shrubs.
The first tip, if you're purchasing bare-root, this is a great way to go. These trees and shrubs are usually less expensive. They were some that were harvested last fall kept in cold storage. Just remember, bare-root trees and shrubs need to go in the ground quickly. Don't let them dry out or sit in the heat.
Next thing, you're balled-and-burlapped b&b stock. These were also dug up last fall and wrapped in burlap to protect and preserve the root system with some soil on those roots. These can go for short periods out of the ground, but once you purchase them, again, you'll want to get them in the ground quickly.
The last type of trees and shrubs are purchased in pots or containers. The biggest thing you have to worry about here, although these will keep for quite a while above ground, as long as you keep them watered. Be sure to inspect the trees and shrubs in pots to make sure the roots are not circling inside. These are very difficult to get them to stop circling and to form a good strong tree.
The last thing I would mention is when you go to plant a graph tree, such as a fruit tree; make sure that you put the graphene in two to three inches above the soil. For most other types of trees and shrubs, plant the net the original soil line visit the soil line. That is how they were planted in the container or both and burlap.