Planting Trees & Shrubs
Select a site with good drainage and the proper sun exposure. If water stands, or the soil is often soggy, a raised planter may be preferable.
Dig a hole twice as wide as the root structure, and almost as deep as the root ball. Create a soil blend by mixing one part your soil with one part Dr. Earth® Planting Mix along with Dr. Earth® Starter Fertilizer according to product directions.
Remove container and carefully score and loosen the sides and the bottom of the root ball. Plant so that the top of the root ball rests one inch above ground level. Backfill with soil blend around the root ball, firming in the sides to prevent settling. Only backfill to existing ground level. Use the remainder of your garden soil to make a 4 inch tall raised ring around the edge of the hole.
Add more Dr. Earth® Starter Fertilizer according to product instructions around the plant, then mulch with a layer of Dr. Earth® Planting Mix two inches thick , being careful not to buildup around the trunk of the plant. Water thoroughly.
Before next watering, check the soil every two three days to a depth of two to three inches. Water only if soil is damp to damp dry. Soil should be kept moist, not soggy. When watering, fill the basin (the area created by the raised ring) slowly. This will ensure a thoroughly wet root zone and help to leach harmful mineral salts.