These musts will save you headache and hassle!
- Call Before You Dig: Several days before planting, call Miss Dig at 1-800-482-7171 to have underground utilities located.
- Handle with Care: Always lift trees by the root ball. Keep roots moist until planting.
- Digging a Proper Hole: Dig 2 – 6 inches wider than the diameter of the root ball with sloping sides to allow for proper root growth.
- Planting Depth: the trunk flare should sit slightly above ground level and the top-most roots should be buried 2 – 4 inches.
- Filling the Hole: Backfill with native soil unless it’s all clay. Tamp in soil gently to fill large air specs.
- Mulch: Allow 1 – 2 inches for clearance between the trunk and the mulch. Mulch should be 3 – 4 inches deep.
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After a unusually long and hard winter, your landscaping might look a bit weathered (pun intended). Clean up any forgotten autumn leaves and spruce things up by applying new shredded bark. We recommend adding 2-4″ of new shredded bark over your faded and now decomposing mulch. Be sure to remove old mulch from the edges of sidewalks, driveway and near the tree trunks before adding new on top.
Now is also a great time to replace or add plants to your landscape. As little as one new plant addition to your landscape can add a dramatic impact.
How about pruning the perennials, plants, shrubs and trees in the landscape around your home. We recommend applying a general purpose granular fertilizer (14-14-14 or similar type) to help promote growth during the rain-filled spring and to encourage vigorous root growth. Vigorous root growth helps sustain the plant during the possible summer droughts, in case they are not watered properly.
Hot and dry weather is looking pretty good right now after the winter we just had. Let’s hope that some nice weather gets here soon.