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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 important 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.
- A plant will 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. It is not included in the price of planting.