Planting Trees and Shrubs can be done properly in three simple steps.
Step 1: Soil Preparation
Dig a hole 50% wider and deeper than the root ball. Prepare soil by mixing 1/2 your soil, 1/2 planting mix, Miracle Gro Quick Start root stimulator, and MYKE® Tree and Shrub Growth Supplement. Mix Thoroughly.
Step 2a : Container Grown Trees and Shrubs
a) Remove plant from container.
b) Plant roots may be restricted by the container’s shape. Loosen the roots all the way around, even on the bottom. Use a knife or shear if required. Gently pull apart.
c) Center plant in hole 1 to 3 inches above grade.
d) Backfill with amended soil 1/2 inch over rootball and pack firmly. Make a saucer of soil around the plant. Water with slow soaking root stimulator fertilizer.
e) Apply a 2 inch mulch layer. Keep mulch 2 inches from plant’s main trunk.
Step 2b Field Grown Trees and Shrubs
a) Roll the root ball and “steer” it into the hole. Center plant in the hole 1 to 3 inches above grade. Cut and remove all cords or twine. Burlap should be loosened and pull away from the trunk and below the soil surface.
b) Backfill with amended soil 1/2 inch over rootball and pack firmly. Make a saucer of soil around the plant. Water with slow soaking.
c) Apply a 2 inch Scott’s mulch layer. Keep mulch 2 inches from the plant’s main trunk.
Step 3: Staking Container Field Grown Trees and Shrubs
Some trees tend to lean. Use wires secured to anchor stakes in firm ground (not the root ball). Where the wires contact the tree, use a hose segment to prevent damage.
Photo© “Seedling Planting” by USFS Region 5