Many of our customers are interested in planting new shrubs, trees, perennials and grasses in their landscapes. Here are some tips for success with fall planting.
- Dig a wide hole that is just as deep as the root ball on your new plant. Mix some Bio-Tone fertilizer in with the soil you are returning to the hole once the plant is in place.
- After planting be sure to top-dress the area with an inch or more of compost or composted manure…spread this beyond the drip line of the plant to amend soil from the top down and keep soil healthy.
- Cover the top of this compost layer with an inch of Coast of Maine Very Old Dark Bark Mulch – this dark-colored layer will absorb the heat of the sun and keep soil warmer for weeks longer than normal. Warmer soil encourages root growth.
- Be sure to water your plants well into November if we get less than an inch of rain. This is particularly important in sunny, breezy weather. Your new plant has a root system the size of the pot and will dry up much more quickly than established plants.
- If you’re planting broad-leaf evergreens such as holly or rhododendrons we recommend that you spray with Wilt-Pruf to help the plant retain moisture through the winter.
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