SUMMER PLANTING GUIDE
Paul’s Garden Centre’s Guide to Successful Planting in the Summer!
Myth: Planting should only be done in the spring and fall.
Fact: Transplanting plants that are already established in the soil will likely cause them to die if moved in the heat of summer.
Fact: Plants that are in containers at garden centres and nurseries would do better if planted! A small, restricted pot is a very harsh environment for any plant. They truly will only start to thrive once they are in the ground where they belong!
Fact: Care should always be taken when planting and soil preparation should be done prior to removing plant from pot
These easy steps must be followed to insure healthy growth of your trees and shrubs.
Prepare hole twice as wide as container and a few inches deeper.
Mix your original soil with a good quality soil such as triple mix (ratio should be roughly 50:50). When planting in clay soil, care must be taken to break-up clumps. Backfilling with clumpy soil will create air pockets therefore causing roots to dry out and die. One or two handfuls of bone-meal into your soil mixture will greatly help to improve root growth.
Put some of your mixed soil in bottom of hole and pack it down a bit. Next place shrub or tree into the hole. *Note: Container can be left on at this point as you judge the proper depth which should be only slightly higher (about ½”) than existing grade.
Next remove container and return shrub into hole and backfill. Water as needed: moist roots grow, water-logged or dry roots die. Shade trees require two stakes for the first year.