PLANTING AND CARE OF TREES, SHRUBS and CONIFERS

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PLANTINGFOTHERGILLA major in autumn

  1. Choose the right place taking into consideration sun light for example (you can find more information on our plant labels or on our website in the plant's information sheet). In order to understand well "full sun", for example, don't be influenced by the place's orientation (south, north, west or east). It's the daytime period that counts. "Full sun" means in fact direct sunlight from noon until 5 pm.
  2. Prepare a good planting hole: for trees, conifers and shrubs, we recommand the following dimensions : 1 x 1 x 1 m. Separate the first layer of good soil and replace 50 % of the bad soil below with compost. Plants need nutrition just like you! DO NOT USE any peat. It drys strongly over rainless periods and is afterwards very difficult to get wet again. As a result, you plants suffer lack of water.
  3. When you fill the hole again and plant your tree, shrub or conifer, you MUST NOT put any soil or compost on top of the initial root clod. Otherwise, plant growth can slow down or stop or the plant can die.
  4. Then water well your new planting (at least 12 liters), directly on the basis of the plant.
  5. If you have mulch available (mixture of leaves and pine needles mostly), cover your freshly closed hole with it (but avoid the basis of the plant). This will diminish the development of weed and maintains your soil wet for longer periods. In any case, DO NOT USE CUT GRASS (from you lawn or whatever).  Avoid compost on cut grass basis!
  6. Be aware of animal urines, especially cats and dogs. This kind of "watering" can be fatal for plants. Urine on evergreens, especially TAXUS baccata, BUXUS and conifers can have the result as systemic herbicdes : it destroys the plant by starting where the first contact happened and continues throught the rest of the plant. Urine of foxes and badgers can be as dangerous.
  7. If it's a tree that you are planting, it can be useful to install a post (depending on the size of the plant). This make your planting more stable and improves the development of new roots.

 

CARE

If you have followed our above planting instructions, the care of your plants will be much easier (concerning weed and watering):MAGNOLIA 'Yellow Bird'

  1. Water well during at least 12 months and especially over dry periods. ATTENTION!! It can be dangerous to believe that rain brings enough water. That is oftentimes NOT true. If you want to succeed in gardening and ensure a good watering for you plants, buy a simple rain gauge. It's the only mean to observe the level of humidity in a garden. A rain gauge is as important as a spade or a hoe! The surveillance of a good humidity is even more important for evergreen plants as they show oftentimes too late a lack of water by loosing their leaves or turning yellow or brown. And then any rescue is vain.
  2. If you don't have covered your planting area with mulch, open regularly the planting area with a hoe. Thereby water can easily enter the soil and reach more efficiently the plant's roots.
  3. Take off wilted flowers. They take energy from the plants by producing seed. Your plant will be even stronger and nicer next year.

 

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