Planting Around Tree Roots

 


Article by: Jim Putnam

Have you ever tried to cut through layers of maple roots , Landscaping Can Make or Break Curb Appeal for Homebuyers to plant , Container Gardening that groundcover or flowering shrub , Gardening Tips To Excite Toddlers And Preschoolers that you so diligently picked out? Have you ever found that after picking the perfect spot to plant , Online FTD Florists that there is a four-inch diameter root , Grey Water- Not Drinking Water- For Your Garden in the middle of the hole? Well there is a better way to plant , Cyclamen in the shade and it does not involve digging at all. After years of struggling with pick axes and shovels, I started planting on top of the soil. , Gardening - Growing Herbs In Containers

The first step to my above- ground planting technique is to remove all debris from the planting area ( i.e., leaves, sticks, old mulch). Next, lay down old newspaper in the planting area. This will help reduce weeds , Introduction to Hydroponics Gardening and Tips for Its Maintenance and prevent the old tree , Gardening - Growing Herbs In Containers roots from invading your planting area until the new plants , Home and Garden Decor Needs are established. It is best to water , Your Garden - Growing from Seed the newspaper to prevent the wind from blowing it away.

Now add pinebark mulch on top of the newspaper to the depth of the pots. , 7 Natural Stone Pebble Projects For Every Home If you're using one gallon plants , 5 Must Know Tips For A Better Looking Landscape this would be about 6". The reason I use pinebark mulch is that it is not toxic to plant , Seed Starting Tips roots. Hardwood mulch or any mulch containing woody material will rob your plants , 5 Backyard Patio Ideas of nutrients as it breaks down. Be careful not to pile the pine bark on the existing tree , Landscaping Can Make or Break Curb Appeal for Homebuyers trunks. That would be an invitation for insects and diseases. , Teak Umbrella : Add the Final Touch to Your Patio

If your planting area is large, the pinebark can be acquired in bulk. It is sold by the cubic yard , Hummingbird Migration at landscape , Winter Injury to Trees supply companies. A cubic yard , Starting a Shade Garden... is 27cubic feet. If the area will be 6" deep, you can expect to cover 54 square feet per cubic yard. , 'Sir Cedric Morris' Hardy Geranium That same area would take 9 (3) cubic foot bags from your local garden , ing - Growing Herbs In Containers center.

After the area is covered in bark the holes can be dug by hand. Remove the plants , Lighting your Garden with Perennial Bulbs from the pots , 5 Must Know Tips For A Better Looking Landscape and pull at the roots , Starting a Shade Garden... if they are wrapped in circles. If the plants , Moss on Lawns are very root , Cyclamen bound cut from top to bottom with a knife or shovel. Place , Super Foods from Home Vegetable Gardens your new plant , Lawn Care Information in the hole and backfill to the top of the root , 'Sir Cedric Morris' Hardy Geranium ball. Don't put any mulch on the top of the root , 5 Must Know Tips For A Better Looking Landscape ball. Everything that was above the roots , Enhance Your Walk-Through Garden with Wind Chimes in the container should still be seen.

Water the bark well to settle in the plants. , Grey Water- Not Drinking Water- For Your Garden A drip hose should be used for the first few weeks while the plants , Home and Garden Decor Needs become established. It is hard to say how often to water , Dandelion: Miracle Gift from Mother Earth because it depends on the time of the year and the amount of wind the area will receive. I like to run the drip hose for a couple of hours and then check by hand to see if the water , Landscape Photography & Painting has saturated the bark. Let the area become slightly dry before watering again. I have seen far more plants , Growing Rare Fruits for Fun or Profit killed with too much, rather than not enough, water. , Understanding Weeds - But mostly How to Kill 'em

The pinebark has very little nutrient content and needs additional fertilizer. A slow release fertilizer is best. Slow release fertilizers have a coating that prevents all the nutrients from being released at once. This prevents the plants , Greenhouse Gardening as a Hobby from being injured and your fertilizer money from being washed away. All garden , Iris - Species and Care centers have many different brands of fertilizers, so ask a sales person for a good slow release brand and follow the directions on the bag.

I have used this technique many times with great success. So put away the pick axe and the shovel and enjoy planting around the trees. , Garden Folklore: It Starts with the Soil
Jim Putnam is a registered Landscape , Safety On Lawn Tractors Contractor in North Carolina and Owner of Earthworks Nursery

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