Bare root plants
BARE root season is almost upon us so it is a good idea to think about what trees and roses you might like and have a chat to the nursery about what is available.
It is also important to begin preparing for planting your trees and roses.
Bare root simply means a tree, shrub or rose that is sold in its dormant state (deciduous only) with no pot or soil.
Bare root plants are generally available from late June early July onwards.
Many people are intimidated by bare root trees and roses but with the right preparation and planting method there is nothing to worry about. You are spoilt for choice buying bare root plants.
There are so many different trees, shrubs and roses to choose from and the price is often cheaper than the same plant in a pot.
Soil preparation is important because you must never put fertiliser in the ground at the time of planting with bare root stock.
As new roots form they are very easily burnt if too much fertiliser or manure is added to the hole when you plant.
Prepare the area now with compost and manure so it has time to break down and be ready for your new plant. If you purchase a tree or rose in winter and didn’t get a chance to prepare the soil beforehand there are products that you can use at the time that are well composted already and won’t compromise the root development.
Apply fertiliser only when you see the tree or rose in full leaf in mid spring.
Autumn is a lovely time of the year to get into the garden.
The changing colours of the trees and the sunny days are just perfect.
The rain has been very welcome, and makes it the optimum time to get some seedlings and bulbs in before the ground gets too cold and frosty.
DIG IN: The right soil preparation is key when introducing bare rooted plants to your garden.