The Final Countdown…

March is your time to plant Rootballed and Bare-root Trees and Hedges before it’s too late!

As the chill of winter is gradually giving way to the gentle warmth of spring, we are all eagerly awaiting the perfect window of opportunity to get our hands dirty in our gardens. And as spring approaches, there’s no better time to roll up our sleeves, grab our gardening tools, and immerse ourselves in the timeless ritual of planting. But amidst these brighter days and the flurry of activity, one crucial element of gardening often gets overlooked and thats the timing of planting Rootballed and Bare-root trees and hedges. Time is ticking….. and the window of opportunity to purchase and plant these precious specimens is narrowing. To avoid that disappointing moment that we at the Nursery face most years in Spring, when our customers call excitedly to order their new trees that they have been eying off all Winter, only to find the season is over. Let us elaborate on why March is so significant and how you can make the most of it.

Rootball and Bare-root season

Rootballed and bare-root trees and hedges are nature’s gift to gardeners seeking to breathe life into their gardens, boundaries and landscapes. Unlike container-grown plants, which luckily can be planted year-round, rootballed and bare-root trees and hedges have a specific planting season from November to March, dictated by their natural growth cycle. Our Rootballed trees and hedges grown here on our production Nursery are dug up with their roots encased in a sizeable soil ball, providing them with a head start in establishing themselves in their new environment. Bare-root plants, on the other hand, are lifted from the ground while dormant, with their roots exposed and ready for transplanting.

But why is timing so crucial when it comes to planting these trees and hedges? The answer lies in their delicate nature and the need to ensure optimal conditions for successful establishment. As spring progresses and temperatures rise, plants begin to break dormancy, diverting their energy towards leaf and flower production. This transition marks a significant shift in their growth priorities, making transplant shock more likely and potentially hindering their ability to take root in their new home.

By seizing the March moment and ordering and planting rootballed and bare-root trees and hedges now, early in the spring season, you are still giving them the best chance to thrive. The cooler temperatures and ample moisture present during this time of the year creates ideal conditions for root development, allowing plants to establish themselves before the onset of warmer months. Additionally, planting early gives these specimens ample time to acclimate to their new surroundings and begin the process of growth and rejuvenation. And remember after March, the next opportunity to purchase rootball or bare-root stock will be November 2024.

But planting rootballed and bare-root trees and hedges isn’t just about timing, it’s also about choosing the right plants for your landscape and ensuring proper care and maintenance. Before diving into the planting process, take the time to assess your site conditions, including soil type, sunlight exposure, and drainage. Select species that are well-suited to these conditions and have the potential to thrive in your environment. If you are unsure, let us talk you through which are best suited to your conditions.

Once you’ve chosen your trees or hedges, preparation is key to ensuring their success. Clear the planting area of weeds, rocks, and debris, and amend the soil with compost as needed to provide a fertile growing conditions. Dig planting holes that are wide enough to accommodate only the rootball size or spread of the bare-roots, but not too deep, as planting too deeply can suffocate the roots and hinder growth. Gently tease out any circling roots and position the plant in the center of the hole, ensuring that it sits at the same level as it was previously planted. For any rootballed trees we highly recommend using Posts & Straps to ensure your roots take hold for the first 18months or so and so that the tree doesn’t act as a sail in any windy conditions.

After planting, provide your trees and hedges with the care and attention they need to thrive. Water them regularly, especially during dry spells and don’t just rely on the rain, to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mulch around the base of the plants to suppress weeds, retain moisture, and regulate soil temperature. Monitor your new plants closely for signs of stress, such as wilting or yellowing leaves, and take prompt action to address any issues that arise.

So with the arrival of spring and March now upon us, ensure you seize this last opportunity to purchase and plant your favourite variety of rootballed and bare-root trees and hedges and give these precious specimens the best chance to establish themselves and flourish in your own surroundings.

     With the clock ticking, don’t let time or money slip away as rootballed and bare-root trees and hedges are often cost effective and with FREE Delivery across Ireland there is no better time to add shade, privacy, or beautify your gardens.



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