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Tree & Shrub Planting Guide
- Dig a hole deep enough so that the top of the root ball will be 2 to 3 inches higher than the surrounding soil. It should be 6 to 8 inches wider on each side of the root ball.
- Remove the plant from the bucket if the plant is container grown. For balled and burlaped plants, leave the burlap and wire basket in place.
- Spread MYKE Tree and Shrub on the root ball before placing it in the hole.
- Place the plant in the hole.
- Backfill around the plant with a mixture of Cotton Burr Compost and soil. Use 1/4 compost to 3/4 soil.
- For balled and burlaped plants, remove any twine or burlap from around the trunk and the top of the root ball (leave the burlap and wire basket on).
- Water with a mix of Bonide Root & Grow and water. Use Root & Grow monthly during the growing season.
Watering properly is by far the most critical factor in the success of your new plant.
On average, give your new tree or shrub a deep soaking about once a week. The goal is to keep the soil moist but not constantly saturated. Keeping a plant too wet is just as harmful as too dry. Your situation may vary due to the following conditions. Adjust your watering frequency accordingly.
- Rainfall and irrigation systems may provide sufficient water.
- Plants use more water during hot, windy weather than cool, overcast days.
- Sandy soil requires more frequent watering than clay soil.
- Container-grown plants may require more frequent watering than a balled and burlapped plant.
Water slowly, deeply, and infrequently.
Don’t forget about your new plantings in the winter. Water about once a month if it is a dry winter. Lack of winter watering is a common cause of plants not making it through the first year.
We believe it is best not to stake most trees. Therefore, it is not included in the price of planting.