Planting Guide for Typical Shrubs, Trees, and Perennials:
1. Dig the hole at least twice the diameter, but no deeper than the height of the root ball.
2. Amend the excavated garden soil with peat moss using 1/3 peat moss to 2/3 existing soil.
3. Carefully remove the plant from the container. Place the plant in the hole. Be sure that the top of the root ball is even to 1/2″ above the level of the soil in your garden. If you are planting into poorly draining soil, place the root ball an extra inch higher once the plant is set at the proper height in the hole, carefully loosen the roots.
NOTE: if you are planting a tree/shrub that is balled and burlapped – do not remove the burlap or the wire surrounding the root ball. Doing so will void your Guarantee.
4. Back-fill with the amended soil, lightly tamping as you go. Build a 4-5 inch water dam around the perimeter of the hole. Fill the dam slowly, allowing the water to soak in deeply. Some settling may occur; if so, bring the soil level back to the top of the root ball.
5. Apply a 3 inch layer of mulch; this will help keep the roots cool and lessen watering needs. Keep the mulch 4 inches away from the truck of the plant.
6. Watering should be done on a regular basis. Each plant should be watered slowly and deeply. This encourages proper rooting which will reduce the plant’s need for regular water int the future. Check the moisture level in the soil before watering; do not water until the top 1/3 of the root ball is dry. Once the plant is established, water only as needed. Please see our sheet on Watering for more information.
7. At the time of planting, be sure to fertilize with products recommended by our staff. We recommend a plant starter during planting, then a slow release fertilizer after. Once the plant is established, feed in early spring and again in mid summer with the slow release fertilizer.