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Planting Information - Potted Trees & Shrubs

 

  1. Dig a hole twice as wide as, and slightly shallower than, the root ball. Roughen the sides and bottom of the hole with a pick or shovel so that roots can penetrate the soil.
  2. With a potted shrub, gently remove the shrub from the container. Lay the shrub on its side with the container end near the planting hole. Hit the bottom and sides of the container until the root ball is loosened
  3. Place the root ball in the hole. Leave the top of the root ball (where the roots end and the trunk begins) 1/2 to 1 inch above the surrounding soil, making sure not to cover it unless roots are exposed. As you add soil to fill in around the shrub, lightly tamp the soil to collapse air pockets, or add water to help settle the soil. Form a temporary water basin around the base of the shrub to encourage water penetration, and water thoroughly after planting. A shrub with a dry root ball cannot absorb water; if the root ball is extremely dry, allow water to trickle into the soil by placing the hose at the base of the shrub.
  4. Mulch around the shrub, approx 2-3 inches can be used around the base of the shrub. Keep mulch 1-2 inches away from the base of the plant.


Note: For the first year or two, especially after a week or so of especially hot or dry weather, watch your shrubs closely for signs of moisture stress. If you see leaf wilting or hard, caked soil, water the shrubs well and slowly enough to allow the water to soak in. This will encourage deep root growth. Keep the area under the shrubs mulched.

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