Planting a Shrub or Tree
Date: June 30th, 2011
In order for your tree or shrub to thrive in its new environment, the first step involves replanting. Replanting correctly will guarantee that your tree or shrub has the best chance to flourish in its new surroundings.
Listed below are several steps that I have compiled in making your replant successful and as easy as possible:
Step 1: Planting Hole
A general rule is that the top of the hole should be two times the diameter of the root ball, with the sides sloping to the bottom of the hole. CountryMax has a wide variety of shovels for all different kinds of terrain you may encounter.
Step 2: Base of Hole
The base of bottom of the hole should be undisturbed soil to support the root ball and reduce settling.
Step 3: Remove Container
Hold the container on its side and gently pull at the base of the plant, removing the root ball from the container.
Step 4: Score Roots
Make shallow cuts (1/2" to 1" deep) down the outer layers of the root ball. Approximately three to five evenly spaced vertical cuts around the root ball. Then slightly loosen the roots around each cut. Place the plant into the center of the prepared hole. The top of the root ball should be slightly higher than the surrounding finished grade of soil.
Step 5: Backfill
Fill the hole with its original soil along with organic matter. Be sure to tamp backfilled soil in firmly.
Step 6: Water
Thoroughly water to eliminate air pockets and settling and to soak the root ball and the surrounding soil.
Step 7: Mulch
Apply 2" to 3" of organic mulch such as shredded bark to the solid surface to retain moisture and suppress weed growth. Keep mulch one to two inches away from the trunk. This will allow for maximum absorption of water and other nutrients.
Step 8: Staking (If Necessary)
To provide your tree extra support from the wind and other external factors, consider staking your tree. Two stakes (depending on size of tree, more or less stakes may be necessary) should be placed one to two feet from the trunk, and hammered at least a foot into the soil. Attach ties to the lower half of the tree and allow trunk movement.
Step 9: Consult
Ask a CountryMax representative for proper fertilization, pruning, water, staking methods and further planting details. Most trees and shrubs have instructions on the tag, but for any further questions, email me at AskMax@CountryMax.com, or visit your local CountryMax store today!
Additional Resources: bgky.org