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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