The tap roots ones do have roots I say like carrots. Some survive if they are only about a foot tall but also they are very slow growing.
Planting techniques have changed in the past couple of year.
First of all what soil do you have?? Is it a more clay type soil??
When you dig the tree have a tarp nearby to put the tree and root mass on, don't ever yank on the trunk!! When you have the tree dragged/carried to the place you want to plant the hole you dig will be wider than deep.
That is the biggest change in planting. If you have clay soil the top of the root ball will be above the grade of the lawn by 1/3 and 2/3 in the ground.
Also clay soil try do rough up the edges of the soil so the hole isn't smooth.
Place the tree in the hole and it helps to have a long board and place over hole to check the planting depth. Even with good loamy soil the base of the tree where the roots meet should NEVER be below the soil line. Remember you probably will be mulching this a couple of inches so its better to plant a bit high as the ground will settle a bit after watering.
Fill the hole with the same soil you removed-don't amend as when the tree sends out new roots it likes the same soil that already exists. Tamp down lightly and water to remove remaining air pockets. Mulch with a couple inches of bark mulch keeping the mulch from touching the bark of the tree.
The tree should get about 1/2-1" of water a week, just lay a hose about 4 " from trunk and turn water on a trickle.
Hope this helps.
Also you local cooperative extension office should have a publication on planting trees and shrubs.
Originally Posted by calico2222
Thanks Gail, that did help! We're not planning on moving any big trees, just baby ones, maybe 3-4 ft, and let them grow naturally without being so crowded. So we should be able to do it on our own.
I'm guessing "tap rooted" are roots that mainly go straight down, and "fibrous roots" are the ones that are spread out more? Depending on the type of roots, how far down should they be planted? I know there are probably stupid questions, but I've just gotten the hang of planting marigolds and having them survive (I didn't think you could kill marigolds, but I did!) so I just want to make sure.
You said it was better to wait until fall when they are dormant, so we shouldn't try this now? If we wait until fall, do they still need to be pruned, and will the roots take?
Ok. I'm done with questions...for now.