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Bare-root trees should be planted while they are dormant. Damaged or broken roots can be pruned before planting. Be sure to keep the roots of the tree moist at all times. Place the tree in the hole at the same depth that it grew in the nursery. Do not allow roots to curl up or around in the hole. Add soil until the tree can stand by itself. Hold it straight while the hole is being filled and gently push the soil under and between roots with your hands to remove large air pockets. If the tree settles in the hole, gently pull it back to the proper depth. Keep in mind that landscape-sized trees will need staking in the first year or so.