Thread: Fall Planting - Arobor Day bare root seedlings

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    Oak
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    Fall Planting - Arobor Day bare root seedlings

    I have a bunch of trees coming in from Arbor Day some time later this Fall, and in preparation, I built a fairly large berm including a raised soil bed (raised about 12"). The raised soil bed is there for drainage, I have nothing but flat, low-lying land around my house, and the 10 blue spruces will need that raised berm/soil bed to thrive and grow. Secondly, I will be tilling large quantities of Sphagnum Peat moss and 10-10-10 fertilizer into the soil bed and berm to encourage quick root growth.

    The soil bed is about 12' by 30' long, 12" above grade, and it will be used as a nursery to grow the following:

    7 Willow Oaks, 2 Red Maples, at least 5 out of 10 blue spruces (the rest will be planted on the berm) and some forsythia on the western border of the bed to act as a wind screen. The idea is to use this raised soil bed as a "nursery" that will allow these trees to grow for 3-4 years, maybe longer, until things become cramped. After that point, the trees will be transplanted to other areas of my property.

    Since these trees will be planted during the late Fall, and we get brutal winds during the Winter, what is the best way to combat the winds? Should I fence-in the entire soil bed (if not for wind, to prevent deer and other animals from chewing things up)? Will bamboo stakes be sufficient for keeping the tree growth straight the first few years? I've also read that Fall tree plantings have high failure rates, if this is true, what can be done in a Fall planting to ensure a higher success rate?

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    Oak
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    RE: Fall Planting - Arobor Day bare root seedlings

    I see no one has answered you since whenever. I have very mild winters here though chilly with plenty of cold for dormancy. I doubt, after all these years, that bare roots will ever be planted here until a season or two in a pot. Whether it's my bad or whatever: no more direct bare root planting for me.

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    Oak
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    RE: Fall Planting - Arobor Day bare root seedlings

    Thanks for your reply - where do you keep the pots stored during the Winter? I was also considering pots for the Fall plantings and then transplanting the trees to the tree bed in the Spring. Just wasn't sure how to best go about potting trees during the Winter, where to store them, or what the watering requirements would be.

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