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Garden Tip: 7 tips for planting all season

With a little extra care you can successfully plant now and throughout the summer.  |  Submitted
With a little extra care you can successfully plant now and throughout the summer. | Submitted

Spring and fall might be prime times for planting trees and shrubs grown in containers and balled and burlapped (B&B), but with a little extra care you can successfully plant throughout the summer.

Whether you’re installing plants grown in containers or B&B in spring, summer or fall, the same fundamentals apply: determining the proper planting depth, and making sure plants get adequate water at time of installation and throughout the first several months in your garden.

Here are seven tips for success:

  • Don’t plant a tree or shrub any deeper than it was in its original pot or burlap wrap. This becomes your new soil line.
  • Dig the hole two to three times wider than the root ball. To prevent the plant from settling too deep in the hole, don’t put loose soil in the bottom.
  • Remove a container-grown plant from the pot and loosen the roots, cut any that are circling.
  • Center the plant in the hole; partially fill the hole with loose soil, tamp (for B&B cut away and remove twine, burlap and wire) fill the hole with water, let it drain; firmly pack with soil to the soil line.
  • Create a soil-edged basin around the outside of the planting hole. Fill the basin with water and let it drain several times.
  • Add 2 inches of mulch around but not touching the trunk to help retain moisture. It will also look nice.
  • Monitor soil moisture and water new plantings generously every two to three days throughout the summer and fall.

With just a little extra care, summer is for planting, too.

Garden Tip is courtesy of The Growing Place, 630-355-4000.

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