How to Install Small Trees and Shrubs
How to Install Small Trees and Shrubs.
First we start by prepping the entire area, then we place all the trees and shrubs where we think they will look best.
Make sure you know how big the tree or shrub will get so that you do not plant them to close together or too close to your home.
Once everything is placed where you think it will look best go ahead and take a step back and walk around looking at the area to make sure you like the way everything looks.
Now that it all looks good you are ready to start digging. You will want to dig a hole one and half times bigger than the container or root ball. This will soften the soil around the plant for root growth and for compost. Make sure to somewhat firmly push down on the soil to hold the plant in place but make sure it is not compacted to much.
I did not mention this in the video but you really want to install 2-3 inches of mulch around all the new plants as well. This will help keep weeds down and help keep moisture in the ground for the plant.
Now that everything is installed you need to make sure you water, now this is going to change depending on weather conditions but we generally water once in the morning and once in the afternoon for the first 2 weeks. Then we take it to once per day in the morning for about a week or two, then every other day for a week or two and then start weaning them off of water and just water as needed. The plants should show you that they need water by the leaves wilting slightly, if this is happening or you know that it is really dry out I would go ahead and water. Be sure to only water at the base of the plant, do not spray or water the leaves this will promote disease.
Please do not forget that trees, shrubs and perennials need food and protection. So we would recommend fertilizing them a couple of times a year and protecting them with a bug spray to keep the insects from damaging them.