Best practices for planting bareroot fruit trees
Since this is the season when many home growers are ordering bareroot fruit trees and bushes, what do experienced growers do in terms of picking shipping dates (in relation to last frost) and planting trees?
In talking with staff at one nursery selling bareroot trees I was told that it was best to plant bareroot trees after the danger of frost had passed because if the tree leaved out and then was hit with a frost it could die. In that case, I probably should not be planting any bareroot stock until at least early-mid April when frosts become unlikely (see charts below from this link for Southern MD: http://www.hgic.umd.edu/content/SpringFrostDatesInMD.cfm)
What works for you? [Links to old threads are also good]
Last year I didn't plant anything until May so this was not an issue.