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By : Kevin Portman    99 or more times read
Installing new plants and getting them growing fruitfully just isn't difficult, nor it is as problematical as some may like you to believe. It is as unproblematic as digging a hole and putting the plant in.

Balled in burlap (B and B)
Closely examine the ball around the plant that you've bought. Did the diggers wrap cord round the ball to hold the plant safely? As long as they did, you must at the very least cut the twine and lay it in the bottom of the opening, or get rid of it totally. Pay close attention around the stem of the plant where it emerges on the root ball, diggers often wrap the cord around the stem quite a few times as they fasten the ball. This is extremely important because if the string is nylon, it will not rot and can choke and kill the plant two or three years down the line.

Once B and B plants are stored in the nursery for unlimited periods of time it results in being necessary to re-burlap them if the underside starts to deteriorate before the plants are sold. If ever the plant you purchase is re-burlaped it's always possible that there could be nylon strings between to both layers of burlap, check the stem cautiously. Provided the nylon string is removed from around the stem of the plant, it its actually harmless around the rest of the ball, and you do not have to do away with it.

What sort of soil are you planting in?
If the soil is heavy clay, I would suggest you ought to raise the planting bed at least 8 with decent rich topsoil. If you cannot do that for some reason, bed in the plant so that at least 2 or more of the root ball is above the existing ground and mound the soil over the root ball. Take into account that plants installed this way could dry out over the summer season, but planting them flush with the ground in heavy clay can mean that the roots will likely be too soaked at other times in the year.

The experts recommend that when planting in clay soil you dig the opening wider and deeper than the root ball and fill around and under the plant with slack organic substance. This seems like a really grand idea doesn't it? A few of these professionals also advocate you ought to dig the opening extra deep and put a couple of inches of gravel inside the bottom for drainage. Where do they think this water is going to drain to? It's going to actually sit in the base of that hole.

When water reaches our freshly planted tree covered by loose organic matter, it's will seep in until the planting hole is absolutely filled with water. Through the use of this planting technique we have actually created what is called a French drain around our poor little plant that can not tolerate its roots being starved of oxygen for extended intervals of time. As the base of this hole is clay, although we've added gravel for drainage, there will be no where for this water to go so it lays in the bottom of the hole, this starves the plant of oxygen which means that it is likely to suffer and probably die.

In the event you are unable to raise the planting bed with topsoil, and you are planting in clay, I suggest that you install the root ball at least 2 above ground and backfill round the ball with the soil that you dug out when you created the hole. Backfilling with your clay soil which you removed is in fact like building a dam to keep excess water from permeating the root ball of your newly planted tree. The plant isnt about to thrive in such a poor soil, but at least it may have the possible opportunity to survive.

Container grown plants are much less complicated
Follow the rules for depth of planting as described previously in this article. Before gently removing the plant out of your container check the drain holes at the bottom of the container for roots which may be growing from the holes. If there are any, cut them off so they do not help it become hard to remove the plant from the container.

Inspect the root mass as you hold it in your hand. Sometimes when plants are growing within a container for a good time the roots begin to grow in a very circular pattern round the root mass. This is not healthy, and you ought disturb these roots before planting so you can break this circular pattern. You should take a knife and essentially make about three vertical slices at the top of the root mass towards the bottom. It will stimulate new roots which will grow outward into the soil of the garden. Or you can just use your fingers and loosen the roots which have been circling the root mass forcing them outward before you start planting them.

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