1. DIG A HOLE.
When digging a hole for your new tree or shrub, be sure to dig your hole a little wider than the container the plant came in and not too deep. It is best to have the root ball of the plant/tree 1 inch higher than the hole itself.
2. PUT THE PLANT IN AND FILL IN THE HOLE AROUND IT WITH SOIL.
Do not pack the soil in with your foot or hand, but rather use running water from a garden hose to pack the soil in and to remove any air pockets.
Warning: if you are packing the soil up to the trunk (touching trunk) of plant or tree, then you’ve planted it too deep.
It is also recommended to give a freshly planted tree or shrub a good dose of time release fertilizer to give it a healthy start. If using a slow release (lasts 6 months) we suggest spreading a good palm full of fertilizer around the circumference of the hole and then covering the hole with soil according to directions given previously. If you are looking for quick results, using a quick release fertilizer (lasts 2-3 months) is fine. However, you need to apply the quick release on top of the freshly planted plant. In the growing industry we like to call it “top dressing” the plant.
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