Plant bare-root shrubs
Many woody plants, like fruit trees and shrubs, are supplied from the nursery with bare roots during the winter dormant period. Get them in the ground as soon as you can. First, soak the roots thoroughly, then plant in well-prepared ground. Look for the soil mark and plant to the same depth as it was at the nursery. If the ground is frozen or the site not quite ready, heel them into loose soil or compost, cover the roots and lay them down so that the branches are not vulnerable to the drying effects of the wind. You can delay planting for a few weeks like this, but they must be in the ground before the buds begin to swell.
Submerge roots in a bucket of water before you start planting