Tree and Shrub Planting Instructions

by Thayer Nursery

Preparing the hole

Dig a hole that is slightly more shallow than the depth of the root ball and twice as wide. Loosen the soil in the planting hole to allow the roots to grow easily.

Preparing the plant

If the plant is in a container, gently remove the pot. It may be necessary to carefully cut the pot off.

If the plant is burlapped, either completely remove the burlap or expose the top half of the root ball.

If the plant is root bound, gently loosen the root ball so that the roots spread out.

Placing the plant

Handling the plant by its root ball, place it in the hole. The root flare should be about an inch above grade.

Backfilling the hole

Backfill the hole with 1/2 existing soil and 1/2 compost or planting mix. When backfilled halfway, water the soil to help it settle. Avoid overly packing the soil.

Mulching the plant

To help keep the root system warm and moist, spread 2″ of mulch around the plant. Mulch up to, but not touching, the trunk.

Watering the plant

Water your plant once a day for at least 2 weeks by placing a slow-dripping hose on top of the root ball for about half an hour.

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