Three gravel beds have been constructed by Richmond Tree Stewards; these are for the purpose of growing native trees to be planted in Richmond. The project is coming to fruition as part of Tree Stewards’ partnership with Enrichmond and thanks to a grant from the Virginia Department of Forestry.
What’s a gravel bed? It’s an irrigated bed of gravel in which to place and safely hold bare root or washed containerized tree stock for up to 3-6 months prior to planting. Doing this dramatically increases fibrous root volume and improves the ultimate survivability of the plant.
We invite you to check back with us. We will be adding information to this page and updating our progress toward adding young trees to Richmond’s tree canopy.
More information: https://plantsciences.missouri.edu/PS2210/mgb/mgb_12months.htm