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Planting Bareroot Trees


Well I don't know whether you know it or not but Spring has sprung and it's time to make your selection of fruit trees and decide what you want to plant and where you want to plant them.

First of all you need to decide what you're going to plant and to do this you can get this new publication that we have at all the county extension agents' offices. Stop by there and they will give you one free of charge. All you have to do is sign your name and address or you can stop by our good buddies at Allied Feeds and they have these as well.

That will give you the varieties that you need. But when you go to the nursery what you are going to have to do is decide exactly what kind of tree you've got. Whether it's got an established root system or if it's bare-root like this.

[Grunting while pulling tree out]

Look at that. See how easy it is to pull this out of the ground. This is what we call a bare-root tree and you see that most of the roots are gone from this, so what you have to do to balance basically the root system with a top is trim some of the roots back and then even though you bought an expensive tree leave about half of it laying on the ground. That way when it starts growing it will be well established and take off and produce some good fruit or nuts for you this year.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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