April 5, 2008
The Best Time to Plant Shrubs
The best time to plant your shrubs is when the temperatures are cool like they are now. By planting them now it will give the plant time to establish a good root system. Since the temperatures are lower right now it will not require as much water. If shrubs are in your landscape plans this year then planting them now is recommended.
In order to get the plant shrubs roots established it is important that you factor in a few steps to aid in the root development to allow the plant a better chance to survive. The first step is to take root ball of the container-grown plant and break it up slightly. This will help the outer roots of the root ball grow into the surrounding area of the soil and later on to establish a new top growth. This is the one step that not many homeowners follow,because they worry that they may injure the roots or the plant. The root ball can be broke apart by hand. Just be careful as to not tear the root ball apart and make it unrecognizable. If the root is disturbed to much it will slow the the development of new roots.
Make sure that you water your container-grown shrubs at least one day before planting them. The next day when you are preparing the hole for the plant, dig it at least two to three times the size of the container that it came in. Once the plant is in the ground it is important to water the root ball again. In case the root ball is very large you might want water it when at least half of the soil is in place around the root.
Many homeowners make the mistake of planting shrubs to deep. If this happens the roots will grow poorly and the shrub has the potential of disease by access through the stem of the plant,because the plant is not accustom to having constant moisture.
It is a good rule of thumb to remember is to plant the shrub no deeper than the plant container that it came in. If there is problem with poor drainage, look at building a 12" to 18" raised bed to keep the root ball from sitting in waterlogged soil.
When fertilizing the plant be careful to not add an excessive amount next to the stem of the plant,because this can burn the roots of the plant and may even cause the plant to die.
Since the shrub is newly planted the root ball should be keep moist for at least a year while it gets established in the ground,but be careful as to not drown it. Also you might like to add some mulch for added beauty.
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