1. Water plants before planting.
2. Dig a hole twice as wide and 1½ times deeper than the container. Mix the soil with Planting Mix. Return a few inches of the mixture to the hole.
3. Carefully remove the root ball from the container. Plant the correct depth. The top of the root ball should be at ground level, slightly visible after planting.
4. Fill in the hole with soil-fertilizer mixture.
5. Build a 2 inch watering basin around the plant.
6. Water 2-3 times after planting to settle soil. Rule of thumb for each watering: a #1 size plant needs 1 gallon of water, a #5 size plant needs 5 gallons of water, etc. Be sure to check for water needs daily.
7. Adding a layer of mulch helps to keep the root ball cool and moist during hot sunny days.
Tree Pruning Tips
Tree pruning is crucial for all trees, it is recommended that pruning commence during the late spring early season. A tree may need pruning for a variety of reasons:
· to remove diseased or storm-damaged branches
· to thin the crown to permit new growth and better air circulation
· to reduce the height of a tree
· to remove obstructing lower branches
· to help shape a tree for ornamental design purposes
Once the decision has been made to prune, your next decision is whether or not to tackle the job yourself. In the case of a large tree where you want to remove big branches in the upper area of the crown, it may be best to hire experts. Large tree pruning, in particular, can require climbing and heavy saws or even cherry-pickers and chain saws. This is a job that should be left to trained and experienced professionals. Never compromise personal safety in pruning a tree.
Planting Mix Tip
Using the right planting mix is recommend for healthy root growth and development, air flow, nutrients and mineral adsorption, and drainage. Keep in mind that good soil will help your Trees, Shrubs, Bedding and potted plants grow strong and healthy.