Spring Planting Tips

 


Article by: Michael McGroarty

Spring means that the garden , Cold Frame Greenhouse - Maximize The Natural Warmth Of The Sun centers are packed with people, and car trunks are packed with plants. , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Correctly Everybody has dirt on their knees, dirt under their nails, , Grow Some Interesting Plants You Won't Find At Your Local Greenhouse and is excited about gardening. , Teak Furniture: The Premier Outdoor Furniture To make certain that this excitement yields positive results, let's discuss the basics in this article of spring , Finding Garden Benches: Get the Perfect Look for Your Garden planting tips. , 10 s to Care for Your Antique Ceramics

Installing new plants , Granite Flexible Preformed Rock Ponds and having them grow , Discover the Single Most Important Trick to Overwintering Pond Fish successfully is not difficult, nor is it as complicated as some would have you think. Is it as easy as just digging a hole and setting the plant , Take the Blossom of Various Types of Flowering Trees in? Yes, it certainly can be. I won't get into bed , Teak Furniture: The Premier Outdoor Furniture preparation, as I have covered that in other articles that are available at http://www.freeplants.com

Let's start with B&B plants. , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics B&B is short for balled in burlap. Closely examine the ball on the plant , Cattleya Orchid - Why They Are Not Popular that you have purchased. Did the diggers wrap twine around the ball to hold the plant , Choosing A Landscape Contractor secure? If they did, you should at least cut the twine and lay it in the bottom of the hole, or remove it completely. Pay close attention around the stem of the plant , Take the Blossom of Various Types of Flowering Trees where it emerges from the root , Buying Teak Wood Furniture Responsibly ball, as diggers often wrap the twine around the stem several times as they tie the ball. This is extremely important because if the string is nylon, it will not rot and will girdle and kill the plant , Bamboo Information and Care two or three years from now.

When B&B plants , Lap Pools - Great Exercise Inside Or Any Size Backyard are stored in the nursery for extended periods of time it becomes necessary to re-burlap them if the bottom starts to rot before the plants , Cattleya Orchid - Why They Are Not Popular are sold. If the plant , Landscaping 101 that you buy has been re-burlaped it is possible that there could be nylon stings between the two layers of burlap, so check the stem carefully. As long as the nylon string is removed from around the stem of the plant, , Creating A Balcony Garden Oasis it is actually harmless around the rest of the ball, and you do not have to remove it.

Is the root , Why Bonsai Beginners Love Baby Jade ball wrapped in genuine burlap, or imitation burlap made of a non-biodegradable plastic , 'Blushing Bride' Hydrangea (PPAF) material?

Genuine burlap will rot quickly underground and does not have to be disturbed before planting. If you're not sure or suspect a poly type burlap, you don't have to remove it completely, but should loosen it around the stem of the plant , Flowers, An Annual Event and cut some vertical slices around the circumference of the ball.

Now here's the critical part. What kind of soil , Discover the Single Most Important Trick to Overwintering Pond Fish are you planting in?

If your soil , Enhance Your Walk-Through Garden with Wind Chimes is heavy clay, I highly suggest that you raise the planting bed , Bamboo Plant Information and Care at least 8" with good rich topsoil. If you can't do that for some reason, install the plant , Grow Some Interesting s You Won't Find At Your Local Greenhouse so that at least 2" or more of the root , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers Safe? ball is above the existing grade and mound the soil , Adirondack Chairs - The Proper Way to Care for Them over the root , Finding Garden Benches: Get the Perfect Look for Your Garden ball. Keep in mind that plants , Lose That Ugly Algae! installed this way could dry out over the summer, , Bamboo Plant Information and Care but planting them flush with the ground in heavy clay can mean that the roots , The Cure for Common Pool Stains will be too wet at other times of the year.

The "experts" suggest that when planting in clay soil , 3 Hillside Landscaping Tips For A Beautiful And Healthy Garden you dig the hole wider and deeper than the root , Controlling House Plant Pests ball and fill around and under the plant , Take the Blossom of Various Types of Flowering Trees with loose organic , A Modern Day Glove Affair material. That sounds like a really great idea, doesn't it? Some of these experts also recommend that you dig the hole extra deep and put a few inches of gravel , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers Safe? in the bottom for drainage. Where do you suppose they think this water , Discover the Single Most Important Trick to Overwintering Pond Fish is going to "drain" to?

Keep in mind that most B&B plants , Buying Teak Wood Furniture Responsibly are grown in well drained soil. , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics That means that the soil , Hibiscus Tea in the root , Why Bonsai Beginners Love Baby Jade ball is porous and water , Hibiscus Tea can easily pass through. Now imagine if you will, a root , 3 Hillside Landscaping Tips For A Beautiful And Healthy Garden ball about 15" in diameter, setting in a hole 30" in diameter. All around and under that root , Flowers, An Annual Event ball is loose organic , Cannibals on the Porch matter. Inside , A Teak Chair - Create a Livable Outdoor Space with One of that root , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly ball is porous soil. , Enhance Your Walk-Through Garden with Wind Chimes Now along comes Mother Nature , Cannibals on the Porch with a torrential downpour. There is water , ing and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly everywhere, and it is not going to soak into that hard packed clay soil, , Backpack Blowers so it is just flowing across the top of the ground searching for the lowest point.

When it reaches our newly planted tree , Bamboo Plant Information and Care surrounded by loose organic , A Teak Chair - Create a Livable Outdoor Space with One matter, it is going to seep in until the planting hole is completely full of water. , Grow Some Interesting Plants You Won't Find At Your Local Greenhouse (Remember my article on getting rid of standing water , Lose That Ugly Algae! and the French drain system?) By using this planting technique we have actually created a French drain around our poor little plant , Bamboo Information and Care that cannot tolerate its roots , Backpack Blowers being without oxygen for long periods of time. Because the bottom of this hole is clay, even though we've added gravel , Bamboo Plant Information and Care for drainage, there is nowhere for the water , Bamboo Plant Information and Care to go, and this plant , 3 Hillside Landscaping Tips For A Beautiful And Healthy Garden is going to suffer and likely die.

If you cannot raise the planting bed , Choosing A Landscape Contractor with topsoil, and are planting in clay soil, , Using Push Reel Mowers I recommend that you install the root , Why Bonsai Beginners Love Baby Jade ball at least 2" above grade and backfill around the ball with the soil , Enhance Your Walk-Through Garden with Wind Chimes that you removed when you dug the hole. Backfilling with the clay soil , Extreme Botany And The Glory of the Carnation that you removed is actually like building , Why Bonsai Beginners Love Baby Jade a dam to keep excess water , Lap Pools - Great Exercise Inside Or Any Size Backyard from permeating the root , Avoid Common Gardening Errors ball of your newly planted tree. , Cannibals on the Porch The plant , Pine Furniture Care Guide is not going to thrive in this poor soil, , Adirondack Chairs - The Proper Way to Care for Them but at least it will have a chance to survive.

Once again, raising the bed , Flowers, An Annual Event with good rich topsoil is the best thing you can do to keep your plants healthy , Cold Frame Greenhouse - Maximize The Natural Warmth Of The Sun and happy.

No matter what kind of soil , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly you have, be careful not to install your plants , How to Grow Blueberries too deep. They should never be planted any deeper than they were grown in the nursery. Planting too deep is a common problem, and thousands of plants , A Modern Day Glove Affair are killed each year by gardeners who just don't understand how critical planting depth is.

Staking newly planted trees , Cold Frame Greenhouse - Maximize The Natural Warmth Of The Sun is always a good idea. If your new tree , Take the Blossom of Various Types of Flowering s constantly rocks back and forth when the wind blows it will have a very difficult time establishing new roots , 3 Hillside Landscaping Tips For A Beautiful And Healthy Garden into the existing soil. , Extreme Botany And The Glory of the Carnation Stabilize the tree , Tips for a Bulb-o-licious Garden with a stake. You can use a wooden , Controlling House Plant Pests stake, a fence post, or for small trees , Teak Furniture: The Premier Outdoor Furniture I often use 1/2" electro magnetic tubing, (conduit), available at any hardware , Using Push Reel Mowers store.

You can secure the tree , Unifying and Separating Landscaping Planting Beds to the stake with a single wrap of duct tape. In about six months or a year the sun , Invisible Fences will dry the glue on the duct tape and it will fall , Grow Some Interesting Plants You Won't Find At Your Local Greenhouse off. Check the tape to make sure that it has fallen off. You don't want to girdle the tree , Hibiscus Tea with the tape.

Container grown plants , Take the Blossom of Various Types of Flowering Trees are much easier. Follow the rules for depth of planting as described earlier. Before gently removing the plant , How to Grow Blueberries from the container, check the drain holes in the bottom of the container for roots , Cold Frame Greenhouse - Maximize The Natural Warmth Of The Sun that might be growing , Unifying and Separating Landscaping Planting Beds out the holes. If so, cut them off so they will not make it difficult to get the plant , 3 Hillside Landscaping Tips For A Beautiful And Healthy Garden out of the container.

The easiest way to remove the plant , Using Push Reel Mowers from the container is to place , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics your hand over the top of the container and turn it completely upside down and give it a gentle shake. The plant , Why Bonsai Beginners Love Baby Jade should slide right into your hand.

Examine the root , Discover the Single Most Important Trick to Overwintering Pond Fish mass as you hold it in your hand. Sometimes when plants , Lawn Care Business Owners - Don't Buy Yourself A Job have been growing , Using Push Reel Mowers in a container for a long time the roots , Finding Garden Benches: Get the Perfect Look for Your Garden start to grow , Invisible Fences in a circular pattern around the root , 10 Tips to Care for Your Antique Ceramics mass. This is not good, and you should disturb these roots , Using Push Reel Mowers before planting so you can break this circular pattern. You can take a knife and actually make about three vertical slices from the top of the root , The Garden Gazebo mass to the bottom. This will stimulate new roots , Bamboo Plant Information and Care that will grow , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers Safe? outward into the soil , The Cure for Common Pool Stains of your garden. , Backyard Ponds Or you can just take your fingers and loosen the roots , Wild Flower Garden - Make Amends...Your Plants Will Love It that are circling the root , Grow the BEST Tasting Tomatoes mass and force them outward before you plant , Are Robotic Lawn Mowers Safe? them.

What about fertilizer, bone meal, peat moss, and all those other additives they are going to try and sell you at the garden , Lawn Care Business Owners - Don't Buy Yourself A Job center?

Raise your planting beds , Lawn Care Business Owners - Don't Buy Yourself A Job with good rich topsoil and forget about the additives. Be very careful with fertilizers, they can do more harm than good. I landscaped my house , A Teak Chair - Create a Livable Outdoor Space with One 14 years ago and I haven't got around to fertilizing the plants , Avoid Common Gardening Errors yet, and have no intention of doing so. They look great.

As far as bone meal and all those other soil , Buying Teak Wood Furniture Responsibly additives are concerned, don't get too caught up in all that stuff. The only thing that I know for sure is that they will make your wallet thinner, but I don't think you'll see a difference in your plants. , Invisible Fences Over the years I've landscaped several hundred homes , Lose That Ugly Algae! with fantastic results, and I never added any of these additives to my planting beds. , Cannibals on the Porch

Did I mention planting in good rich topsoil? That's the secret!
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