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How to Plant Shrubs
shrubs we offer are really easy to grow. Basically, just dig a hole,
place the plant in the hole, water them in really well, and then
don't let the soil dry out for the first couple months. Before you
know if you'll have beautiful shrubs growing in your garden.
Listed below is a quick step-by-step process to planting shrubs.
The shrubs we will send to you will be dormant and bareroot. They
aren't delicate little violets, but they do need immediate care
once they arrive. It's best to plant them as soon as you receive
them. Dormant, bareroot shrubs can be planted as soon as the frost
is out of the ground and you can dig a hole. They do best if planted
while the temperatures are still cool (above 20 degrees) in early
- First thing to do: soak the roots in a bucket of water for
at least 8 and not more than 24 hours. This helps rehydrate the
roots and branches.
- Dig a deep hole that is big enough to allow the roots to spread
out without bending or overcrowding. Keep the topsoil and blend
with compost or rich, black dirt.
- Prune off any damaged or broken roots. If they are too big
to fit in the large hole that you dug, prune the roots -- but
don't bend them to fit into the hole.
- Place the plant in the hole so that all the roots will be under
the ground, then backfill the hole.
- Water well to settle the soil around the roots and remove any
air pockets. Water the equivalent of one inch of rain every 7
days. Water slowly so that it reaches the entire root system.
- Prune back the top branches of the plants to about 9 inches
from the ground. This reduces transplant shock and helps the plant
get established by reducing the amount of branches and leaves
that the roots have to support. The first year in the ground is
for reestablishing the root system of your new shrub.
- Place about 6 inches of soil or compost over the crown of the
plant to keep it from drying out. Carefully remove after two weeks.
Just wash it away with water from a hose.
- Add a layer of mulch to the soil around the shrub. Mulch cools
the soil temperature and helps retain moisture. It also prevents
weeds from growing and slowly adds organic matter to the soil.
- Shrubs don't need fertilizer right away if the soil you planted
it in is average garden soil. Go ahead and add compost the first
year. But, the following year after planting, fertilize your shrubs
in early spring with a well-balanced, natural or organic granular
fertilizer. Follow the instructions on the fertilizer package.
Also add a shovel full or two of compost around the base of the
plant to add organic matter, improve soil structure and provide
- Prune your shrubs the first year as noted in number 6 above.
Reserve severe pruning until after the plants are established
or after they have been in the ground for at least 3 years.
Tools to Help You Grow Your Shrubs