Balled & Burlaped, Container or Bare Root?

Asked January 12, 2013, 1:36 PM EST

I am planning extensive planting of trees on my property. Am I better off seeking out bare root trees or sticking with container or balled & burlaped trees? And of the latter two, which is preferable? Some will be shade trees, some will be specimen trees and others will be flowering trees. I wish to be as economical as possible without compromising hardiness and optimum establishment.

New Castle County Delaware

1 Response

Good Morning: I have attached two resources that will be helpful to you in understanding the advantages/disadvantages of the various types of plantings you have outlined. The first is a link to information on bare root trees, locally, at theDCH, the Delaware Center for Horticulture website; they have information on bare root trees, with a contact for more information and a source for trees. The second resource is a publication from Cornell Extension that does a nice job of comparing the different types of tree plantings available, and highlights bare root plantings. I hope this is helpful! Please don't hesitate to call or email for additional information, or if for some reason you have difficulty accessing the information.
http://www.hort.cornell.edu/uhi/outreach/pdfs/bareroot.pdf
http://www.thedch.org/what-we-do/community-trees/bare-root-trees