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Planting Ornamental Trees and Shrubs into Soil or Containers
How to Plant Trees and Shrubs
You’re ready to start planting your landscape once you’ve analyzed your site, have a plan, and pick out your trees and shrubs.
Before you rush out to begin, take a few moments to acquaint yourself with everything you need to know about the most up-to-date, proven, and reliable planting techniques.
Remember, trees are different from large shrubs, and you’ll find information right here on every possibility you’ll likely encounter.
Preparing to Plant Trees and Shrubs
Here you’ll find the latest recommendations for preparing your yard or site to receive your trees or shrubs. Note that soil used for planting trees and shrubs into containers differs from that used for permanent plantings in a yard or landscape.
Soils for Trees and Shrubs
In general, amend and enrich soil used for containers, but always plant trees and shrubs into loosened native soil without amending it [See: Soil for Trees and Shrubs].
There’s other information about plant needs and site considerations that will help you get ready to begin planting, too.
Planting Shrubs and Hedges
Shrubs range from small to quite large, but seldom gain the stately size of trees. There are many tips to follow to pick the healthiest plants [See: Choosing Healthy Trees and Shrubs].
Here, we’ll concentrate on good planting and transplanting techniques to use for shrubs. You’ll also see demonstrations of group plantings that grow into hedges, and other special situations.
Planting Landscape Trees
Trees for planting in home landscapes are typically young and modest in size, regardless of how tall or wide their species may grow with the years.
You’ll see demonstrations showing how to plant the four most commonly available young trees: bare-root, balled-and-burlapped, growing in nursery containers, and growing in boxes. We also demonstrate how to move and transplant established trees to new spots in your yard.
Planting trees in home gardens and landscapes is rewarding and adds to the appeal of your home. Doing the job right is important if trees are to become established and thrive.
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The period following planting is important to the success of any new tree or shrub. Until their roots are fully established and new growth begins, you’ll provide for their needs.
Watering, fertilizing, and staking are best done at or shortly after time of planting.