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Planting Instructions

PLEASE CARRY PLANTS BY THEIR CONTAINERS OR ROOT BALL. Carrying plants by their tops or trunks may cause the weight of the soil ball to break the roots from the trunk.

Plants should be watered immediately after their arrival at your home. Until planting, water plants daily. Newly planted material should be watered according to our instructions.


ball and burlap planting diagram

STEP 1: Prepare planting hole

Dig a hole 1 foot wider than the diameter of the root ball. Make the depth so that 1/8 of the root ball will be ABOVE the surrounding soil level.

STEP 2: Prepare plant material

  • Leave wire basket and burlap on the root ball.
  • Place root ball in hole.
  • Remove string and burlap on portions of the root ball above the soil level. The top of the wire basket may be bent back so it is even with the soil surface. (Leave the wire basket and burlap on the rest of the root ball.)

STEP 3: Planting

Backfill the sides with soil from the hole. DO NOT PLANT TOO DEEPLY. Remember, 1/8 of the root ball should be above the surrounding soil level. Tamp the soil firmly around the root ball, eliminating all air pockets.

STEP 4: Finishing

  • Fertilize with Osmocote slow release fertilizer.
  • Cover with a 1" layer of mulch over the root ball and 2-3" over the rest of the planting area. Keep mulch away from the trunk or stem.
  • WATER WATER WATER, as described in the watering instructions.

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