Tree & Shrub Planting Guide

CONTAINER GROWN TREES & SHRUBS

Most small to medium sized trees, shrubs, and ground covers are grown by this method. This planting technique is the most preferred since the root system is fairly large and has never been cut back. Be careful not to damage the roots when removing the plant from the container.

  • Dig hole twice the diameter of the root ball and one and a half times as deep.
  • Mix dirt removed from hole with peat moss or potting soil in an even mixture (50% of each) and backfill hole until plant will sit slightly above ground level.
  • Add the recommended amount of a slow-release fertilizer on top of amended soil.
  • Place the plant in the hole as you want it to grow.
  • Add remaining dirt/peat moss or potting soil mixture in around plant, pressing firmly to remove air pockets.
  • Water slowly and thoroughly with a solution of Root Stimulator and Plant Starter Solution.
  • Layer mulch or pine straw on top of freshly disturbed soil to aid in retaining moisture.

    BALLED AND BURLAPPED TREES & SHRUBS

    Some larger trees and shrubs are grown this way. You should always carry these plants by the root ball—never by the trunk, which could damage your plant.

  • Dig hole twice the diameter of the root ball and one and a half times as deep.
  • Mix dirt removed from hole with peat moss or potting soil and backfill hole until plant will sit even with the ground level.
  • Add the recommended amount of a slow-release fertilizer on top of amended soil.
  • Place the plant in the hole as you want it to grow.
  • Leave any burlap or other material around the root ball, but be sure to remove any wire or nylon cords from the trunk.
  • Add remaining dirt/peat moss or potting soil mixture in around plant, pressing firmly to remove air pockets.
  • Large trees should be staked and tied to prevent wind damage.
  • Water slowly and thoroughly with a solution of Root Stimulator and Plant Starter Solution.
  • Layer mulch or pine straw on top of freshly disturbed soil to aid in retaining moisture.