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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.

LEYLAND CYPRESS in grow bags require a special planting and staking procedure. Click here to view specific instructions.

PLANTS IN GROW BAGS

bags 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.

remove entire grow bag

STEP 2: Prepare plant material

  • Cut eight slits in the sides of the bag and remove the entire bag, including the bottom.
  • Place plant in hole

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.

LEYLAND CYPRESS IN GROW BAGS

grow bag Leyland Cypress planting diagram

STEP 1: Prepare planting hole

Prepare a space for planting by digging a hole one foot wider than the diameter of the root ball. The depth should be so that 1/8 of the root ball is ABOVE the surrounding soil level.

grow bag Leyland Cypress staking diagram

STEP 2: Prepare plant material

  • Drive 3 stakes just outside of the planting hole forming a triangle around the tree (ex: one stake in each direction NW, SW, E).
  • Cut and remove the bottom of the grow bag. Place the plant in the hole, taking care to not scrape the plant on the stakes.
  • Attach one end of black plastic chain near the top of each stake and the other end to the trunk of the tree at about the same height.
  • Cut the grow bag from top to bottom in 4-6 spots then completely remove the rest of the grow bag.

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.

If the Leyland Cypress is planted in the spring, remove the stakes early next spring. If it is planted in the fall, remove the stakes in a year and a half.

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