Planting Tips


Prepared Planting Beds (Trees, Shrubs, Perennials, Annuals)

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After blending your native soil with our recommended quantity and type of soil conditioner, the bed should be raked smooth. Consider the surface drainage and adjust the grade if necessary. Place the plants still in their pots on the bed. Move if necessary to achieve the desired spacing. Now you are ready to plant.

Mark the bed where the plant should be placed and dig the hole just big enough for the plant. Make sure the plant in the pot is completely hydrated. Remove the plant from the pot and loosen the roots if necessary. Place the plant in the hole and push soil to stabilize the plant being careful to not get the root ball deeper than the growing level.

Water in using FERTI-LOME ROOT STIMULATOR.

Mulch the bed.

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Individual Perennial Planting Pits

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Dig the pit two to three times as wide and one and one-half times as deep as the pot that the perennial you got from us came in.

Blend amendment with the soil you excavated. Perennials need really good porous soils so amendment recommendations are critical. Generally, we would recommend adding BACK TO NATURE COTTON COMPOST in at least equal amounts of the excavated native soil. Other amendments or greater proportions of cotton compost may be called for depending on your specific plant choices and locations.

Before removing the plant from the pot, make sure that the root ball is thoroughly hydrated. Water if necessary. After removing the plant from the pot, check for matting of the root ball. Gently “Rough up” the root ball, if required.

Partially backfill the planting pit with amended soil and place the root ball where it is 1-2” above the original soil level. Add FERTI-LOME ROOT STIMULATOR to the partially planted perennial. Most quarts sized perennials would like about 1-2 quarts, and gallon sized perennials would like 2-3 quarts for mixed ROOT STIMULATOR.

Continue backfilling the pit with the amended soil, making sure to push the soil up to the sides of the root ball while not covering the crown. Top dress with your solid FERTI-LOME fertilizer choice as per label.

Add a layer of mulch, being careful to keep the mulch away from the stems

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Individual Tree And Shrub Planting Pits (Holes)

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Dig the hole two to three times as wide as the container the plant was growing in. dig the hole one and one-half times as deep as the growing container. For example, if the plant you got from us was in a pot that measured 10” wide and 10” deep, your planting pit dimensions would be 20-30” wide and 15” deep.

Blend a soil amendment to the soil pile that you excavated from the planting pit. The type of amendment and the quantity of the amendment will be determined by the soil type in your excavated pile. Our local soils have a wide range of structures, textures, and chemistry. we prefer to base our amendment types and quantities recommendations on each individual plant choice and location. Just about every soil in our area will need some amending.

Check the plant in the pot to make sure it is hydrated. Water the plant thoroughly if necessary. After removing the plant from the pot, check for root matting and if necessary slightly “rough up” the root mass.

Backfill the planting pit with the amended soil about 1/3 of the way. Position the plant so that the top of the root mass is about 2-3” above the original soil level of the planting pit. Add some diluted FERTI-LOME ROOT STIMULATOR to the pit. We recommend a minimum of 1 gallon of root stimulator mix per pit, more if your plant was in a pot larger than a 5 gallon. After the diluted root stimulator is absorbed continue to backfill with the amended soil being sure to pack the soil to eliminate air pockets. Use the handle of your spade or your foot. Push soil up to the sides of the root ball, but do not add soil to the top of the root ball (the root crown). It is important to observe this step as we see many plants that “suffocate” when the soil is piled on top of the root crown.

Add at least another 1 gallon of root stimulator mix to the completed planting process. Add a layer of mulch to help retain moisture and retard weeds. Do not push mulch all the way up to the trunks of your plants. Follow the fertility recommendations we discussed with you.

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