|A young arbor vitae with a fairly dense root ball - this root system will prevent the tree from getting established for many years, and will make it slower growing after that.|
A landowner's relationship with a tree will last many years and have a significant impact on yard work and property values - in essence it is a marriage between the land and the trees that will grace (or disfigure) it. Because of this long term relationship, you should consider the whole tree, roots included. Choosing a tree based on the above ground portion is like getting married on the first date.
What alternatives are there to root bound, store bought trees? Aren't these the only trees that will grow fast enough to make planting them worthwhile? Smaller, bare root trees (available online from many nurseries throughout the country) offer smaller, more affordable, but much better quality trees with good (downward pointing) root systems. Because these trees have intact root systems, they are established much faster, grow much faster, and have better long term survival.
A recent invention has made planting and growing bare root trees easier. The Groasis Waterboxx PlantCocoon, or Waterboxx for short, is a dew and rain harvesting device that doesn't rely on running water or electricity.
capillary water, protecting them from future drought. This is explained in the video below.
Bare root trees tend to be only a few dollars for shade trees (our preferred source is arborday.org), or a little bit more expensive for fruit and nut trees (our preferred source is Stark Brothers). The Waterboxx can be used up to 10 times so is also only a few dollars per tree, and saves a great deal of time and money on not watering your newly planted tree. You can find out more about the Waterboxx at www.dewharvest.com.
If you would like to learn how to grow plants without watering with the Waterboxx, the best resource is the book The Waterboxx Gardener: How to Mimic Nature, Stop Watering, and Start Enjoying Your Garden available here on Amazon.com.