Turn that grass patch into a new garden filled with gorgeous shrubs with vibrant leaves and flowers.
IMPORTANT: All plants should be thoroughly watered before planting; trees, shrubs and perennials may need to be soaked in a bucket of water for 30 minutes before planting to thoroughly wet the root ball. Bedding plants may be dipped in water or a half strength solution of water and fertilizer. A dry or partially dry root ball will not soak up water once planted.
Dig hole twice as wide and just as deep as the root ball. Mix 1/3 compost, or other organic matter with the soil you removed. A root stimulator, such as Roots (trees and shrubs) may be added at this time along with Biophos (breaks up clay soils and makes nutrients more readily available to plant roots).
Carefully remove the plant from the container, without lifting from the trunk of the tree, shrub or stems of perennials and bedding plants (root damage can occur by lifting on the trunk). Loosen the roots on the sides and bottom of the root ball by cutting 4 shallow vertical slices and gently working the roots loose with your hands, this will eliminate circular root growth (perennials and bedding plants may only need to be loosened with your fingers).
Set tree or shrub in the planting hole**. The top of the root ball should be slightly above ground level, this will keep the plant from being planted too deep once mulch is added. Backfill halfway with soil mix and fill planting hole with water. Use a stake to tamp soil without packing it. This will help remove air pockets, continue to backfill the hole, water and tamp. Do not pack soil around root ball by stepping on the freshly backfilled soil. A soil berm may be built to help hold in water. Water well once planted*.
A 2-3" layer of mulch is recommended to hold in moisture. Always keep mulch 3" away from trunk or base of the plant.
Newly planted trees and shrubs should not be fertilized the first year.
When mulching keep mulch a few inches away from the plant base (trunk or stems).