Every spring gardeners stomp out into wet soil to plant their bare root fruit trees. Planting into wet, soggy soil is a disaster.
But before planting, you first need to know how tree roots really grow. Examples include: roots will grow away from infertile or tainted soil even if it means turning around and growing back upward, that a plant's root mass often grows up to three times wider than its foliage canopy, and most of the roots are in the top 12 inches of the soil.
Kourik will then proceed to root out many commonly-held false notions about these essential subterranean penetrators, to reveal numerous common growing practices which are gravely in error in their use of water, fertilizer, mulch and planting techniques.
Instead of planting in a hole, plant on a mound for the healthiest growth of the roots. Prepare the mound in the fall when you can control the soil's moisture level. (And work in comfortable clothes!) When spring comes, merely spread open part of the mound, stick the roots in, cover, and mulch. Save 40% with the purchase of a bare root tree and get the healthiest tree in soil that hasn't been mucked up.