After ripping out almost all the trees and bushes in our backyard to put in a privacy fence, we are now faced with the task of replacing all that landscaping! But, whew – that can get expensive quickly!
I was excited to find out about a Plant & Tree Fundraiser Sale to benefit the Tri-County Master Gardener’s Association and Clemson Extension educational programs. The prices are drastically lower (30-50% lower!) as you receive bare root trees versus balled & burlap or container trees that you normally get from your local nursery. Bare root trees are not only cheaper but also contain substantially more root structure which should produce better performance and are much easier to transport. The sale has lots of options – from blueberry bushes and fig trees to hydrangea shrubs and oak trees.
To find out plant/tree options and pricing click here. The deadline to order is November 18 and pick-up date is December 6.
The following documents will help you learn all about bare root trees and how to prepare for these type plants. Planting instructions will also be provided when you pick up the trees in December. From speaking with the Extension Agent, Derrick Phinney, I found that you will need to soak the roots in water for a few hours prior to placing in the ground. And you will need to plant these trees & shrubs the same day/weekend that you pick up the plant(s)…that’s probably one of the biggest differences between buying container plants at the nursery which (if you are anything like me!) do not get planted for a week or two after you bring them home.
For further questions about the sale or bare root trees, you can contact Derrick Phinney with Dorchester County Clemson Extension Office (843.563.0135×3 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
See you in December picking up trees!