Dig a hole at least twice the width of the root ball or container, wider is better. The depth of the hole needs to be only as deep as the root ball or container. It is important to make the hole wide because the roots must grow into the surrounding soil to become established. Breaking up the soil in a large area around the plant provides the new roots to expand.
Mix the excavated soil thoroughly with a soil amendment or planting compost. It is very important to improve the existing soil when planting to insure success. The planting mixture should be 1/2 to 2/3 excavated soil and 1/2 to 1/3 amended soil. We suggest using Mr. Natural Woodland Soil Mix, Monrovia Organic Planting Compost, Custom Soil Blend, or Soil Amendment.
Remove the plant from the container. If the plant is wrapped in burlap known as B&B (balled and burlap) there is no need to remove burlap, yet once in place peel back the top of burlap that is at soil level, if wire basket is present no need to remove. Never place soil on top of the existing soil level of the container or root ball. The plants existing soil level should be slightly elevated than the ground level.
Place the plant in the hole. Be sure the plant is centered and upright and slightly above grade. Backfill with the improved soil mixture halfway and tamp soil firmly to remove air pockets and support root ball. Backfill remaining soil mixture and tamp firmly. Form a saucer with mixture above grade completely around outer rimof planting hole. Water immediately after planting by filling the entire saucer twice within 24 hours for thorough saturation of the root ball. Continure to provide adequate water for a minimum of 6 months. It is important to keep new plantings well watered. Place a trickling hoke pipe on the root zone for an hour, or use a soaker hose around base of plants. Monitor the water flow so that it doesn't wash away mulch or soil. Stake large trees if located in a windy area. Apply mulch 2" deep but do not mound mulch up against trunk or shrub base.