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YOUR GUIDE TO HEALTHY PLANTS

General Planting Instructions

Container Planting:

  1. Dig a hole 1-1/2 times as deep and 2 times as wide as the plant's root ball.
  2. Mix some peat moss and/or top soil in the existing soil.
  3. Check for proper drainage before planting shrubs/trees.
  4. Remove the plant from the container, being careful not to lose any soil surrounding the roots.
  5. Place the plant in the prepared hole, being sure the soil line of the plant is slightly higher than the surrounding soil.
  6. Gradually add backfill soil and tamp down firmly.
  7. Water thoroughly to remove and settle air gaps in the soil.
  8. Apply a layer of mulch 2 - 3" thick around the plant.

Ball & Burlap (B&B) Planting:

  1. Dig a hole 1-1/2 times as deep and 2 times as wide as the plant's root ball.
  2. Mix some peat moss and/or top soil in the existing soil.
  3. Check for proper drainage before planting shrubs/trees.
  4. Carefully set the root ball into the hole (DO NOT REMOVE BURLAP OR METAL CAGE).
  5. Align the soil line of the plant slightly higher than the surrounding soil.
  6. Gradually add backfill soil and tamp down firmly.
  7. Cut twine away from trunk of shrub or tree then finish filling the hole.
  8. Water thoroughly to remove and settle air gaps in the soil.
  9. Apply a layer of mulch 2 - 3" thick around the plant.

General Watering Instructions

For thorough watering, we recommend the following procedure at 5-day intervals during normal weather conditions and 3-day intervals in extremely hot and dry weather conditions:

  1. Place the hose end near the base of the plant.
  2. Turn the faucet on a 1/2 turn so that a very slow flow of water trickles out of the hose.
  3. Allow the hose to run at this rate for an ample amount of time to soak the entire root ball, e.g., 5 - 10 minutes for a small container shrub, or 30 - 40 minutes for larger B&B shrubs or trees.

Again, repeat this procedure every 5 days under normal conditions, or every 3 days during hot and dry conditions.

* Due to the variance of soil conditions and particular plants' desire for water, these instructions must only be followed as a guide.   If the soil seems to hold excessive amounts of water for long periods of time, or the plant seems to be receiving too much water, alter these instructions accordingly, or ask for suggestions on how to resolve your problem.

 

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Last modified: May 6, 2011