Q: I occasionally get bare root twigs from the Arbor Day folks. These seem to flourish in my yard much more than container-grown trees purchased at a local nursery. Why is that?
A: Your experience may be true for everyone but well-cared for bare root seedlings can certainly zoom out of the ground if planted in an appropriate spot. Young trees of any size benefit from a wide area of loosened soil around the planting site, a mulch layer 4′ in all directions from the trunk and weekly water in summer. Georgia residents can order bare root tree seedlings from the Georgia Forestry Commission at www.gatrees.org.
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