Planting trees and shrubs may seem difficult when you’ve never done it. In order to make your job easier, here are some tips for planning, preparation and planting.
Select trees that grow well in your climate and type of soil. Be sure to observe the hardiness zone. Each species have a different tolerance to late spring and early fall frosts, floods or drought. Your Passion Jardins merchants will help you make the right choices, choices that fit your environment and the desired maintenance.
Trees in containers can be planted at any time, provided the soil is not frozen. Keep them in their container until ready to plant them and water them before planting. To minimize stress on your trees, protect them well during transportation and keep the tree in a shady area until planting.
Successfully plant your tall trees and conifers as well as small plant shrubs and potted plants in 10 easy steps right now.
Tall trees and conifers
- Dig a hole the same depth as the root wad and twice as wide.
- Completely remove non-biodegradable packaging. If the plant’s root wad is coated with a wire basket, remove it as well as the upper half of the burlap. However, avoid breaking or destabilizing the root wad.
- If necessary, install a stake.
- Attach the trunk to the stake with a rim.
- Center the wad in the planting hole and apply planting fertilizer respecting the dosage and recommendations on the container. Since the new roots must come in contact with the fertilizer, make sure it is well distributed around the root wad.
- Fill the hole with a homogeneous mixture of soil and planting fertilizer (as recommended by your garden center and at the rate prescribed on the package). Flatten the surface so as not to compact the soil.
- With the remaining soil, form a water retention cup, a 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 inch) border around the root wad.
- Apply mulch, 5 to 10 cm (2 to 4 inches) thick.
- Remove the mulch from the trunk on a 10 to 15 cm (4 to 6 in.) radius.
- Water everything deeply.
Small shrubs and potted plants
- Repeat the same procedure as for tall trees and conifers, except steps # 3-4