Bare-root transplanting

  • Creating the Urban Forest: The Bare Root Method [1 MB .pdf] – 18-page booklet explains the bare root method of planting trees developed at Cornell in cooperation with the City of Ithaca. The three main nursery production methods are balled and burlapped (B&B), root, and container grown. We find that for many species bare root planting is equally as successful as B&B planting. Revised and updated Jan. 2009.
  • Read UHI journal articles on transplanting


  • Creating an Urban Forest: The Bare Root Method – 15-minute online video demonstrates new, cost-effective method for reforestation of our urban spaces. Lightweight, bare root trees planted by volunteers eliminates the need for heavy equipment and intensive labor commitments for city forestry departments.