Plant Care Tips : Planting Guide B&B

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Balled and Burlap Trees
 
Congratulations on the purchase of your balled and burlap tree. This larger tree will have an instant impact on your landscape. A balled and burlap tree requires special planting instructions. Please review these instructions carefully prior to planting your tree.
 

  1. Dig the hole at least 12” wider than the diameter of the root ball and deep enough to allow 1/8 of the root ball to remain above existing grade. The perimeter of the bottom of the hole should be deeper than the center.
  2. Mix 2/3 excavated soil thoroughly with 1/3 peat moss.
  3. Do not disturb the wire cage or burlap supporting the root structure.
  4. Place root ball in hole. Be sure plant is centered and upright. The center of the root ball should be resting on firm undisturbed soil.
  5. Backfill halfway with soil mixture of peat moss and existing soil. Tamp soil firmly to provide adequate support for the root ball.
  6. Water thoroughly to fill in air pockets and allow soil mixture to settle.
  7. Backfill remaining soil mixture and tamp firmly. DO NOT cover up top of root ball with soil.
  8. Form a saucer with soil mixture above grade completely around outer rim of planting hole.
  9. Water immediately after planting by filling the entire saucer twice within 24 hours to ensure thorough saturation of the root ball.
  10. Mulch entire saucer and top of root ball with 2-3” of organic mulch.
  11. Water adequately for minimum of 6 months after planting.


 
Container Shrubs and Trees
 
Container grown trees and shrubs offer a manageable landscape solution for the homeowner. Container grown plant material ensures that the root structure is untouched during the transition from grower to homeowner. Planting container grown material is easy to do with just a few precautions to ensure a healthy start to your new investment.
 

  1. Dig the hole at least 6” wider than the diameter of the container, and deep enough to allow 1-2” of the root ball to remain above the existing grade. Where poorly drained or compacted soils exist, adequate drainage of surface and subsurface must be provided before planting.
  2. Mix 2/3 excavated soil thoroughly with 1/3 peat moss.
  3. Remove root ball from container.
  4. Place root ball in hole. Be sure plant is centered and upright. The junction of the trunk and root system should be slightly above grade.
  5. Backfill with soil mixture of 2/3 existing soil and 1/3 peat moss. Tamp soil firmly to remove air pockets and support root ball.
  6. Form a saucer with soil mixture above grade completely around outer rim of planting hole.
  7.  Water immediately after planting by filling the entire saucer twice within 24 hours to ensure thorough saturation of the root ball.
  8. Mulch entire saucer and top of root ball with 2 – 3” of organic mulch.
  9. Water thoroughly and regularly to maintain ample soil moisture until new roots completely penetrate existing soil. Continue to provide adequate water for minimum of 6 months.