It happens every year. Despite my best efforts to plan ahead on my end and much communication with nurseries to try and get trees mailed within a certain time frame, I am now sitting at the tail end of my week of vacation (which was supposed to be used in part to plant trees) with four big boxes of trees that just showed up in the mail and not nearly enough time left to plant them all.
I should be out planting them now, but it's thunderstorming (as in DIRECTLY overhead).
Some of the larger bare-root guys are getting temporarily potted up in big pots, the smaller bundles of bare root stuff is getting bundled up in moist paper shreds and wrapped tight, and I'm crossing my fingers.
I lie and tell people that the haphazard layout of my tree plantings is to mimic a more natural distribution, but in reality it's just because I have to plant them all SUPER FAST.
That sounds frustrating. It's too bad you haven't been through the tree planting ' boot-camp' that is the silviculture industry...a good high-ball planter on prepped ground that's reasonably level and has soil could probably bang in more than two thousand small bare-root trees in a day....but it really takes a good season of work to pick that skill up. And when they are your trees, you want to baby them a bit more. Anyway, good luck on it!
The presence of pests like Japanese Beetles, Emerald Ash Borer, and Asian Longhorn Beetle (as the names might suggest) has far more to do with international import restrictions than it does small-scale American nurserymen.