Garden Guide

To ensure you have the most success in growing healthy, thriving flowers and other vegetation, check out some quick tips before planting anything!

Bare Roots

Soak the exposed roots of any planting in water for at least an hour before planting, to ensure they get sufficient hydration while adjusting to their new soil conditions. It’s also good to dig a hole several inches wider and deeper than the planting, to loosen the dirt and allow the roots to grow and spread.

Containers

Plants need some care during transfer to a new container. Water them thoroughly first, so the roots don’t dry out as they adjust to their new setting. Loosen the roots before placing them in fresh soil. Ensure the top of the roots are level with the soil and not buried completely. Once planted, water the container thoroughly, until water runs out the bottom drainage holes.

Fruit Trees

To make it easier for fruit trees to adjust to their new surroundings, opt for those in a biodegradable paper container. The container will protect roots from shock and hold moisture against the roots, allowing them to thrive. Cut an X in the bottom of the pot and a few lines up the sides as well, to allow in even more moisture and encourage the paper to break down. Note that soil for fruit trees should be kept moist but not soggy.

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Roses

Roses are more difficult to grow than many people realize but the right planting encourages them to thrive! Choose roses in biodegradable paper pots, to keep roots protected. Once planted, water the new roses only if the soil feels a bit damp some 2 to 3 inches below the top of the soil. Be cautious about overwatering so your roses don’t wilt!

Spring Bulbs

Spring bulbs provide a pop of color around your home during warmer months. For best results, choose the largest bulbs available. Dig holes according to directions for the particular plant of flower and add a small amount of bulb feed to the bottom of the hole. Cover the bulb completely and water thoroughly, but don’t water again until the soil feels slightly damp a few inches below the surface of the ground.

Mature Trees

One common mistake made by homeowners planting mature trees is failing to stake them once planted! Add two stakes one either side of the tree and ensure they’re strong and stable and then secure the tree to the stakes with sturdy rubber cords. Avoid using bungee cords or anything overly stiff, as they might chafe the tree bark.

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Seeds

The biggest mistake made by homeowners when planting seeds is failing to note the best time of year for various flowers and vegetables! Some flowers thrive better in cool, crisp weather while others need warm and humid surroundings. Check the recommended weather for your chosen plants or flowers and plant your seeds during the best month in your area.