April 7, 2023

Potting Up Trees from Musser Forests, Inc.

Potting up hundreds of trees at my Bedford, New York farm is a huge, yet exciting undertaking.

Every year I plant hundreds of trees, sometimes thousands. Trees are crucial to the environment. They provide food, protection, and homes to scores of birds and mammals. They also help combat climate change and release oxygen for all of us to live. This week, we received a shipment of bare-root cuttings from Musser Forests, Inc., a Pennsylvania-based company specializing in conifer and hardwood seedlings and transplants. Bare-root trees are so named because the plants are dug from the ground while dormant and stored without any soil surrounding their roots. Once the young specimens arrived, my gardeners and outdoor grounds crew placed them in tubs to soak and then hurried to pot them up in nutrient-filled composted soil, so their root systems could develop before they're planted in more permanent locations.

Here are some photos - enjoy.