Planting 101 – VLOG

Published by Bucks Country Gardens in LandscapeLawn & GardenPlants

That’s right. Bucks Country Gardens is doing its first VLOG (video blog)! The planting bug is contagious. We were itching to start planting our trees, perennials, and shrubs. But, with a little guidance, planting can be a breeze. Planting 101 will layout the essential steps for planting success. Enjoy!

Let’s Dig In!

Before you begin you want to make sure you have the correct materials. We put together a list of supplies that will help in the planting process.

Recommended Materials:

• Gloves
• Safety Glasses
• Garden Spade
• Weeder with Serrated Edge
• Garden Rake
• Tarp/Bucket for Extra Soil
• Stakes
• Wire
• Wire Cutters
• Old Hose (cut)
• Pruners
• Mulch
• Bumper Crop organic soil builder
• Espoma Bio-tone Starter Plus
• Espoma Holly-tone, Tree-tone, Plant-tone fertilizers (depending on what you are planting)
• Tree Gator watering bag
• Garden Hose, Water Source, & Wand (for filling Tree Gator watering bag)
• Preen garden weed preventer
• Wilt Stop (for evergreens)

Essential Steps for Planting Success

Dig the Hole:
– Dig a hole twice the width and slightly shallower than the root ball of your plant. Set garden soil aside on a tarp, separating any soil and stone.

Prepare the Soil:
– Mix the soil with Bumper Crop® organic soil builder using no more than 25-30%. You will need 1 cu. ft. bag for every two shrubs and 2 cu. ft. bag for every balled and burlapped tree. Add Espoma Bio-tone® Starter Plus fertilizer to the soil mix.

Prepare & Place Plant:

– Place balled and burlapped plant in hole elevated 1”-2” above existing soil level. Partially backfill hole to keep the plant centered and straight. Cut and remove all twine and nylon string, peel back top third of burlap and metal cage. For container grown plants, remove plastic pot and gently loosen outside roots. If the roots are extremely compacted, make shallow cuts through the roots on the sides and bottom of root ball. Place plant in hole as described above.

Backfill the Hole:
– Backfill the hole half way and lightly compact the soil. Fill the rest of the hole with soil mix and lightly tamp again. The soil should be level with the top of the root ball. Build a saucer around the edge of the hole with remaining soil mix.

– Fill the saucer with water two times allowing it to drain between applications. Regular, thorough watering will be required for the first year. Balled and burlapped plants require 10-15 gallons once a week applied slowly with a hose or Tree Gator watering bag. Container grown plants require 2-3 gallons twice a week applied with a watering can or hose end wand. During periods of extreme heat and active growth, watering may be required more frequently.

Mulching & Staking:
– Apply Preen garden weed preventer and a 2”-3” layer of mulch around your plants, keeping the mulch away from the trunk and stems. Stake all trees that may be susceptible to being blown crooked by gusting winds. Stakes must be removed after one year.

Continuing Care:
– Fertilize all plants the following season: Espoma Holly-tone for evergreens, Espoma Tree-tone for shade and flowering trees, Espoma Plant-tone for flowering shrubs and perennials. Apply Wilt Stop anti-transpirant to prevent winter burn on evergreens. And of course when they’re all grown up you’ll need to trim and cut some branches that’s when you visit new site of Chain Cutting for finding the best tools for it.

For more information on planting, use our 2017 Planting Guide.

Happy planting!

Written by:
David Jones | Horticulturist & Customer Service Specialist
James Sands | Nursery Assistant
Heather Fesmire | Digital Marketing Assistant