Planting Instructions

How & Where To Plant

Safety First!

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Remove plants from your car as soon as possible to prevent injury by heat.

Keep roots moist & plants shaded (to minimize water loss) until ready to be planted.

Where you plant is important:

Trees & shrubs are a valuable addition to any landscape. To ensure continued health &
vigor certain considerations should be made before planting. Choose a planting site in
sun, shade, or partial shade according to its preference; also consider the plant’s moisture
needs as well as its ultimate size.

Planting

Remove plants from your car as soon as possible to prevent injury by heat.

Keep roots moist & plants shaded (to minimize water loss) until ready to be planted.

Good organic soil is a key to vigorous root systems. Once the plant is in the ground, it
is difficult (if not impossible) to improve the soil quality.

1. Dig a hole twice as wide as the rootball and almost as deep. In sandy soil, dig the
hole 7/8 the depth of the rootball; in clay soils, only 2/3, to help provide drainage &
give roots oxygen. Plant it “high” (2” above ground level). Remove large stones,
roots, etc. from the soil.

2. Place plant in the hole - insure that the top of the rootball (crown of the plant) is
slightly higher than the soil around it. Be sure the plant is straight.

For Container-grown plants: remove container & lightly loosen the roots with
your hands. This breaks any circular root patterns & encourages new root growth.
For Balled & Burlapped plants: do not remove the burlap or wire
cage. Once the plant is positioned and stabilized in the hole, cut the
string/cord at top of rootball, peel back the burlap from the top of the
plant ball & bend back the sections of the wire cage that might show
after planting is completed. Check that plant is straight.

3. Fill in with soil mixture (mixture of existing topsoil with peatmoss,
manure & compost) around the plant for an organic, rich, loose soil that will
allow oxygen to reach roots for optimum root growth. Tamp as you go.

If the hole was made too deep, be sure to replace & tamp down the soil in the
bottom before putting the plant in. (CAUTION: Planting too deeply can kill the plant).

6. Stake if necessary to stabilize large or loose balled trees.

7. Add rooting transplant starter per product directions.

8. Complete soil fill-in & tamp down well around rootball.

9. See that tree is straight.

See how to water!

9. BE SURE THE SOIL SLOPES AWAY FROM THE CROWN
OF THE PLANT. If it doesn’t, replant & grade so the soil slopes.

10. Water thoroughly & add more soil mixture if necessary to bring it back to ground
level. Build a 3” ring of soil (like a saucer) around edge of hole to hold water.

11. Apply mulch (about 2” deep) to retain moisture & retard weed growth.

12. Make sure plant gets a good soaking 2-3 times for the first week.