Posted: 02/06/2016 at 09:02
Bare root stuff can't be kept hanging around at this time of year so make sure you are ready to put the trees straight into the ground.
While you're waiting for them to arrive get out there and prepare the soil where they are to go. Make sure it's well dug and, if necessary, incorporate organic matter. That way you are ready to get them in as soon as they arrive.
If the soil is dry (parts of Scotland have been unseasonably dry this spring) you can start giving it a good soak so the soil is just moist (not wet) when you start planting.
When the trees are delivered put them in a sheltered / shady spot to stop the roots drying out. I usually give bare root stuff a drink just before planting by plunging the rootball in a bucket of water for about 20mins.
After you've planted the trees give them a good soak (a bucket of water each - unless the ground is sodden) and then lay a 4" mulch of organic material around the base of the trees ( but away from the trunk).
Then be prepared to water them once a week with a good drenching unless you have a lot of rain. The soil wants to be moist but not wet through.
Good luck - I have planted bare root at this time of year when we had a very cold spring and everything was several weeks behind. It means a bit more work in terms of watering but you should be ok if the trees are sound to start with.