Your Guide to Successful Planting
1. CALL BEFORE YOU DIG
Several days before planting, call the national 811 hotline to have underground utilities located.
2. Before You Plant
Always plant in well-drained soil. Much of our local soil contains clay. To test for soil drainage, dig a hole and fill it with water. If the water does not drain in 12 hours, it probably contains clay and the soil will need to be amended.
3. The Planting Hole
To plant your tree or shrub, dig a hole twice as wide as the diameter and 6”-8” deeper than the root ball, replacing the 6”-8” of soil with enriched backfill. Then, compact this 6”-8” of soil. Once the plant is placed in the hole, the top of the root ball should be slightly above or level with the surface of the ground.
4. Placing Your Plant in the Hole
Remove all tags, wires or ropes from the stems or trunk, and do the following: