Shrub Planting, by Ryan Teelander

We are planting in Michigan but the procedure should be used anywhere and this planting procedure can be used for both shrubs and trees.

Step 1. Choose a plant appropriate for the location or location appropriate for the plant.

Step 1. Choose a plant appropriate for the location or location appropriate for the plant.

Step 2. Start Digging the hole using a good shovel.

Step 2. Start Digging the hole using a good shovel.

Step 3. Dig the hole two to three times as wide as the root-ball and just as deep.

Step 2. Dig the hole two to three times as wide as the root-ball and just as deep.

Step 3. Loosen the root-ball if the roots are tight.

Step 3. Loosen the root-ball if the roots are tight.

Step 4. Set the plant in the hole and fill in the hole with an appropriate amendment depending on the composition of the soil.

If you have sandy soil, add peat and compost to the existing soil.

If the soil is clay, then blend compost with it.

At "Fruit Basket Flower-Land" - we use and sell a Michigan product called "DairyDoo" for use when or if the soil is clay or compacted.

We use DairyDoo if the soil is clay or compacted

Step 5. Set the plant in the hole as straight as possible.

Step 5 - Set the plant in the hole as straight as possible.

Step 6. Back-fill until the soil is level to the ground, and create a little reservoir around it for water.

Step 6. Back-fill until the soil is level to the ground, and create a little reservoir around it for water.

Step 7. Add some mulch to the top of the soil to keep the water in and the roots protected from any extreme changes in temperature or water.

Step 7. Add some mulch to the top of the soil to keep the water in and the roots protected from any extreme changes in temperature or water.