Selection and Location
Be sure to have a place for the new plant in mind. You want the correct plant in the correct spot. Shade plants in the shade and sun plants in the sun. Be sure you are familiar with the shrub/tree growth habits and it's potential size.
If the soil is not well drained, the ground should be aerated or tilled. It may also be necessary to add in soil amendments to improve the condition of the soil. We, at TG TreesTM, recommend Back to Nature® Compost, this will improve drainage and soil condition.
Dig a hole no deeper than the root ball and about twice as wide. If the soil is compacted, work the soil on the sides and only dig the hole 85% as deep as the root system. Then add compost to the top 15% to allow for proper root development. Once the hole is dug and the root system is placed inside, then back fill is to be added. For trees that come balled in burlap, you want to remove the rope or wire that is around the top of the root ball and be sure to cut off the excess burlap that shows above the soil. For shrubs and container trees, mix in Back To Nature Compost to the back fill and fill hole halfway. Then water lightly and slowly. Now fill in the rest of the hole with back fill and do not plant shrub any deeper than the root system, otherwise the plant will suffocate. Once you have finished planting the shrub, water it in. TG Trees also recommends using Tree or Plant Saver. This product is to be used during planting in the top 1/3 of the back fill. You only use it once and it will help decrease the shock your plant is going through by strengthening the root system. We also recommend that you use Ferti?lome® Root Stimulator once during planting and then again 2-3 weeks later.
The number one reason why plants die in West Texas is because they are not watered properly. Depending on the time of year and the drainage of your soil watering cycles may vary. A deep watering less often is better than a shallow watering more often. Over watering will force oxygen out of the soil, resulting in starvation of the roots. The yellowing of foliage, first developing low and on the inside of the tree and progressing to the outer leaves, is an indication of over watering. A good rule of thumb for the first year of watering is in the spring/summer you water every 5-7 days and in the fall/winter you water every 10-14 days. Once the tree is established it will require less water.