Planting Balled-and-Burlapped Trees

 Balled-and-burlapped trees are trees that are sold with their roots in soil and wrapped in burlap.

Planting a Balled-and-Burlapped Tree

B&B trees are usually larger and more mature plants than those that you would get in a container or bareroot. These trees are grown in the ground and then dug up in the late winter or spring. The trees are wrapped up and shipped to nurseries or garden centers for you to purchase.

If the burlap on your tree's rootball is natural fiber, it will decompose in the ground as the tree grows, but if the burlap is synthetic, you'll need to cut away as much of it as you can before you refill the hole with soil.

Materials You'll Need:

  • Shovel
  • Your burlap-wrapped plant
  • Burlap or tarp
  • Water
  • Mulching material (optional)
  • Stakes (optional)

Withhold Fertilizer - until the roots have been established. Your plant will indicate that its roots have been established and functioning by showing new stem and leaf growth.


Check the link below to read the Eight-step Process of planting your B&B trees.

Check out the full article, How to Plant Balled-and-Burlapped Trees and Shrubs, 
from Better Homes and Gardens.