How to Plant
Dig a hole one and a half times the width of the rootball or pot and the same depth.
Leave the wire basket and burlap on the rootball. The burlap is non-treated and will disintegrate naturally; the roots will grow through the wire. Cut the twine and pull the burlap away from the trunk of the tree.
Pleant the tree at ground level, or plant above ground level and mound the dirt to cover the root ball.
DO NOT plant below ground level.
You want to be able to see the flare of the tree trunk meeting the root ball. Otherwise, the excess soil will choke the tree, promoting diseases and increasing the chances of death.
Shrubs and Perennials
Similar to trees, plant at ground level or slightly above, mounding the dirt to cover the root ball. Again, you do not want the plant to be below ground level.
Water approxiately three times a week until the first frost in the fall.
Trees and plants need a deep drink of water. Place the hose on one side of the drip line and allow to water for 15 minutes. Change to the opposite side of the drip line and water again for 15 minutes. Be sure to alternate sides and directions of the drip line.
DON’T just sprits daily. Trees and plants need a deep drink of water poured over the roots at the drip line, not a sprinkling on the leaves.
We recoommend and sell the Espoma Bio-tone fertilizer line, which are slow release, well balanced organice fertilizers.
Bio-Tone Root starter
Tree-Tone Ornament, flowering, and fruit trees
Holly-Tone For all evergreens – including hollies, azaleas,
rhonodendrons – and for hydreanges and dogwoods
For a more detailed list of which fertilizers to use for your plants, visit the Espoma website at www.espoma.com.
When mulching, be sure to leave space around the trunk/steam of the tree/shrub. Mounding it around and against the trunk/stem will choke the plant, promote diseases, and increase chances of death.
Mulch should be approximately 3″ deep.