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All You Need to Know About Community Gravel Beds

Guide developed by University of Minnesota showing how to construct and maintain a gravel bed (including costs) for growing bare-root trees.

Planting trees for most communities can be very expensive due to equipment needs and labor costs.  Bare-root trees are much lighter and do not require heavy equipment to lift and move.  Bare-root trees are also less expensive to purchase from the nursery.

Gravel beds allow for bare-root trees to grow abundant fine roots, so that they can be out-planted by volunteers around the community throughout the year even when in full leaf during the growing season.  Bare-root tree planting can increase survivability for young trees because proper planting depth can be more easily achieved and root problems can be corrected at time of planting.

A gravel bed maintained by a community can save a significant amount of funding on tree planting efforts and more easily get citizens involved in the planting process.

J. Busiahn, S. Peterson
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University of Minnesota, Department of Forest Resources
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Planting, Community Forestry
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