Dig the hole 1½ times wider than the rootball and as deep as the rootball or container.
Amending the soil is vital to your plant’s growth. Add your amendment at a rate of 1/3 amendment to 2/3 soil removed from the hole. We recommend using E.B. Stone Planting Compost. During our fall sale E.B. Stone Planting Compost 1.5 cu. ft. bags are buy 2 get 1 free!
Remove the plant from the container. If the rootball is wrapped in burlap (known as “B&B”), remove the twine and tuck the burlap back around the sides of the rootball. DO NOT remove the burlap or attempt to “break up” the rootball. Leave the top of the rootball at soil level or a little higher if you plan to add mulch or bark. If the roots are growing in a tight circle around the plant, it is critical to cut three or four slits down the sides of the rootball to loosen it.
Water immediately after planting by watering the rootball and surrounding soil. Establishing plants typically takes two summers, so make sure to water regularly. Not too much so that the plant is always soaking wet, but regularly enough so that it’s not drying out completely. It is important to note that most sprinkler systems do not provide deep enough watering for new transplants.
Fertilizing is just as important as amending the soil. Watson’s recommends using a quality starter fertilizer during planting such as E.B. Stone Sure Start. During our Fall Sale E.B. Stone Sure Start is $2.00 off (regularly priced at $9.99). The next growing season, a specialized fertilizer specific to your plant can be used according to the directions.