Planting Shrubs and Other Woody Plants

Planting shrubs is a straightforward process, though most people plant them too deeply.

First, make sure you've got a good place for the new plant, taking into account its mature size; soil type, soil pH, water, and light needs; and other factors that might influence its growth.

Dig your hole, making it at least one-and-a-half times wider than the root ball but one inch shallower. Shave off the entire outer periphery of the root ball.

Place the plant in the hole and fill the soil back around the sides of the root ball, but don't put any soil on top of it. Add mulch around the plant, but not on top of the root ball.

To ensure establishment, water your new plant on a regular basis throughout its first growing season.


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