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PLANTING TREES AND SHRUBS—BALLED & BURLAPPED
Prepare a planting hole 4-6 inches wider than the root ball. Dig just deep enough so the top of the root ball is 1-2” above ground level AFTER planting. Evergreen trees should be approx. 2-3” above the ground level AFTER planting. Planting slightly above ground level helps ensure better drainage in our heavy clay soil.
We DO NOT recommend the removal of the wire basket. It functions as the support for the root system and is important to the success of your planting. We DO recommend that the burlap and twine be removed from around the crown of the plant AFTER the plant has been settled completely in the planting hole. Bend back wire loops of basket. Fill the hole with the ORIGINAL SOIL and water deeply. DO NOT PLACE SOIL on top of the root ball.
Spread a 3” layer of shredded hardwood mulch on and around the planting. NEVER let the mulch touch the trunk of a tree. We recommend staking for 1 full year. Fertilization the first season is not necessary. Regular watering is vital to the plant's establishment.
PLANTS IN CONTAINERS
Prepare a planting hole 4-6 inches wider than the diameter of the container.
Remove the plastic container!
Loosen the roots slightly if matted.
Set the plant at the same level it was growing in the container.
Back fill the hole with the original soil
Water in well.
Mulch with a 2-3” layer of shredded hardwood mulch avoiding the