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PLANTING TIPS FOR SUCCESS

We receive many questions about proper planting techniques. Some of the most common questions regard trees and shrubs. We have found that The Morton Arboretum offers a terrific article on planting both container and balled and burlapped woody plants.

Perennial plants can be planted in very much the same manner. Prior to planting, amend your soil with organic matter to help the roots get established. Remove the plant from the container and gently tease the roots apart and spread them in your planting hole. Make sure you plant the perennial no deeper than it was in the container. Water thoroughly after planting. Check daily for watering needs and water only when the soil is dry to the touch one inch below the surface. A light application of mulch, about one to two inches, will help control weeds and keep the soil moist.

The Chicago Botanic Garden also has a great article on things to consider both before and after planting.

ADDITIONAL HINTS

Remember to call J.U.L.I.E. (Joint Utilities Locator) three working days prior to digging so underground utility wires can be marked
(simply dial 811).

Whenever possible, we encourage you to plant in an amended bed. It is best to add three to four inches of organic matter and till them into a depth of six to twelve inches.

If planting is not in a bed, we do not recommend adding amendments to the hole.

When planting rhododendrons or other acid loving plants, see our Growing Acid Loving Plants Handout for additional care information.

We recommend giving your transplants a good start with Espoma® Bio-Starter Plus. See package for application rate.

WATERING INSTRUCTIONS

Proper watering procedures are crucial to the well being of your plants. A general rule of thumb is one inch of water per week, provided by you or Mother Nature. Too much or too little water can be detrimental to your plants.

Two to three inches of mulch will keep your trees and shrubs from drying out as quickly. A very light mulch, no more than one inch will help groundcovers, perennials and, annuals. Do not let mulch reach the base of the plants.

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