Planting In 4 Easy Steps!
Planting in 4 Easy Steps
1. Find a good spot for your plant
Now that you have your new shrub in hand, go outside and find a beautiful spot for it. Once you have found the perfect location for your new shrub, grab a shovel and dig a hole about two times the size of the pot in width and depth.
2. Loosen roots
Take your plant out of its pot and inspect the roots as you are going to loosen them up before putting the plant into the ground. The plants we send out should only need to be loosened by hand – just gently grab the roots and run your fingers through the roots and dirt to loosen everything from each other. If a plant has been in a pot for a while, the plant will become root-bound, where the roots have grown and are now bunched up inside the pot. For these root-bound plants, you may need to use a screwdriver or a knife in place of your fingers to help loosen the roots.
3. Bury roots in soil
Put that shrub into the hole and fill it back up with the original soil. Hold your plant up just enough to get soil under and around the roots without smashing them.
Depending on the condition of the soil in your yard, a mixture of topsoil and compost is recommended along with the proper use of a root stimulating fertilizer. A good slow-release fertilizer is recommended to complement the root stimulator. While there are a lot of good fertilizers that are to be mixed in with the soil, these fertilizers provide nutrients that your shrub currently does not need until your shrub has spread its roots and has established its new home. Mix the fertilizer into the soil after the shrub has had time to get comfortable in its new home.
4. Water your plant
Once you have your plant in the ground with soil securing it in place, water the dirt around your new shrub to help the soil settle in place. This is a good time to begin considering whether you want to cover the dirt and surround your shrub with a top dressing such as mulch, wood chips, or wood nuggets. Not only does a top dressing look good, but they also help suppress weeds which would otherwise compete with your shrub for nutrition and water, they help the dirt retain water, and it acts as an insulator for the base and roots of your plant during cold seasons.
If you live in a climate where the soil is lighter colored, drier, and harder, you will want to dig a hole at least 3 times the size of the pot to add more compost and topsoil blend for the plant to have a place to properly dig its roots.
Fall is definitely the best time to plant your shrubs. The season offers just enough sun, just the right temperatures, and pretty much everything that adds up to the ideal conditions for a shrub to spread its roots before it has to face the chilling cold of winter or the rigorous heat of the summer.
If you are not planting in the Fall, relax, it is not a big deal at all. Just be sure to give your new shrub a bit of extra care and attention. If you are planting in the Spring or Summer, it is hot out so just be sure to keep the plant well watered. In the Winter, be sure to plant your shrub somewhere warmer with more sun exposure throughout the day. While some plants can handle cold weather better than others, any plant going into the ground will need time to settle its roots into the soil and recover from its journey. Be sure to avoid planting around freezing temperatures as the plant will never be able to absorb enough of the water that it needs to survive when the water in the ground is frozen.