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What is the correct method for planting?
To start, dig a hole twice as wide as your root ball. This will ensure that the roots have room to spread and allow you to add some good dirt. Choose the proper fertilizer and make sure that the hole drains well, adding water to the hole before you place the plant to watch what the water does. Place plant into the hole at ground level or slightly above and fill in the hole with good dirt, adding fertilizer as you go. With your boot, compact the dirt around the plant to remove any air and add more dirt if necessary. Mulch if necessary and water twice a week (amount may vary depending on plant).
How big will my plants get?
The simple and short answer is the same for all plants - as big as you want. All plants, trees and shrubs, can be pruned to keep them to the shape and size that you enjoy.
How long can I plant during the season?
As long as you can dig a hole, you can plant. The myth of summer not being a good time to plant came about during the time when people relied primarily on well water that would often times run dry.
What is a good tree or shrub to plant for some privacy?
any plant with the appropriate height can create privacy or screen something you would rather not see. Evergreens will give you year round privacy because they retain their foliage year round - arborvitaes, junipers, pines, holly, boxwood are some examples. Combining leafy plants with evergreens can also be quite appealing.
When should I fertilize my plants and what should I use?
We recommend fall and also spring for existing plants in your landscape - just like people, your plants can benefit from a boost. We only use and recommend organic products, such as Espomas "Tone"- Holly Tone, Plant Tone, Rose Tone etc. These products are slow release, will not burn your plants and will be taken up as needed. We carry a full line of these products. When planting new plants, you always want to use fertilizer at the bottom of the hole and on top and then water in well.
When is a good time of year to prune?
My opinion on this subject is: coming out of winter for most shrubs is ideal. Plants are waking up and they will rebound quickly, especially if you have to do hard pruning. Evergreens are slightly different. Most evergreens will push growth thru June. If you can wait to do them July and August, you win. Ideally you only want to do them once. I recommend trying to have pruning completed by mid September. Pruning is an accelerant, meaning the plant will want to grow - if an early cold spell occurs and new growth starts, the plant may suffer tip burn (only cosmetic). These are guidelines - for most of us, it's a matter of time and when we can get to it - its called life.
How often should I water?
Generally for new plantings 2-3 times a week, but you need to keep in mind, not all plants have the same watering needs. Evergreens in general usually require less, leafy trees and shrubs more. The most common mistake people make is assuming that a rainfall will water your new addition. In order for rain to do the job, it has to rain all day or night. We recommend to our customers that they create a watering schedule - the same days each week. AM is the best time to water or around 5ish. Do not ever put your plants to bed wet (mold, mildew) if foliage does not have time to dry before darkness.
Are there shrubs or trees that are deer resistant?
Such a problem as these guys can really wreak havoc in our gardens- 1 or 2 varieties of arborvitae, junipers, most cypress, Boxwood (great choice), so far Dragon Lady Hollies, spruces, pines. In the shrub categories -examples are, viburnums, spirea, Pieris japonica, forsythias, Scotch brooms, smoke bushes, clethra, Butterfly bushes, weigelas, iteas, and Bayberry to name a few.