Step one: Dig your hole, make it one and a half times the diameter of the container. Dig the same depth as the container. Place the container and plant in the hole to make sure the hole is the proper depth.
Step two: Place the plant on its side by the hole. Gently pull the plant out of the container and place it in the hole. Make sure the entire container media is placed around the roots. Do not tease the roots.
Step three: Back fill the hole with fine soil, mixed with 50% compost. Pack gently over the roots. Water when the hole is filled.
Step four: Finish back filling up to the crown of the plant. It is critical not to bury too deep – just to the crown of the tree or to the base of the shrub.
Step five: Water again. Let the water drain. There should be a bit of a well around your newly installed plant.
Step six: Mulch. Leave the mulch (1/2 – 1 inch) thick around the base of the plant, as you move out from the plant, approx. 6 to 12 “, the mulch should be 4 inches deep. Any less, it is not as effective, any more is a waste.
Make sure your site is suitable for planting. We recommend digging your hole and filling with water the day before you plant. If your hole drains well, all is well. If your hole is still filled with water the next day, you have some serious issues, which will have to be addressed before installing your plants.
If you have drainage trouble, dig your hole deeper and add some drainage to the base of the hole – usually fine gravel. If you have very compacted soil that drains poorly, you will have very little success with our plants.
We recommend watering once a month for the first year. There should be no need for additional water after the first year. Maintain your mulch, not your water. If your plant looks weak with saggy leaves, you are probably over watering. Do not drown your plants – remember they grew at the nursery without irrigation!