Preparing the Site and Planting Like a Pro 

When it comes to planting success, the groundwork matters just as much as the planting itself. Follow these expert steps for preparing the site and planting your new tree or shrub. Regularly monitor your plant's growth and health, addressing any issues promptly to ensure its well-being. With these site preparation and planting steps, you're well on your way to creating a garden that will thrive and bloom for years to come. Happy gardening!

Site Preparation: 

1. Clear the Area: 

Begin by clearing the chosen planting area of any debris, weeds, or obstacles. A clean slate sets the stage for a thriving plant. 

2. Measure and Plan: 

Measure the dimensions of your planting area to ensure it accommodates the plant's mature size. Plan the layout, considering spacing requirements and design aesthetics. Prior to digging, place your potted plants according to your plan to get a visual sense of your layout.  

3. Soil Enhancement: 

Loosen the soil in the designated area using a shovel or garden fork. Ensure the soil is well-aerated for optimal root growth. Amend the soil with organic matter like compost or aged manure to boost fertility and provide essential nutrients. 

Planting Guide: 

4. Dig the Hole: 

Dig a planting hole that is approximately 8 inches in diameter and 5 inches deep. The size may vary depending on the plant's root mass. 

5. Remove and Position: 

Gently remove the plant from its pot, taking care not to damage the roots. Position the plant in the hole so the soil level of the root mass aligns with the surrounding ground. 

6. Backfill Smartly: 

Fill the hole halfway up with some of the loose soil generated from digging. This provides initial support to the plant. 
Next, the remaining space in the hole should be filled with water and allowed to settle. 

7. Complete the Planting: 

Once the water has settled and been absorbed, continue filling the hole with the remaining loose soil. Gently firm the soil around the newly planted tree or shrub to eliminate air pockets. 

8. Mulch with Care: 

Apply a layer of mulch, such as shredded bark or wood chips, around the base of the plant. Create a 12-inch round circle with a depth of 2-3 inches. 
Mulching helps retain moisture, regulate soil temperature, and suppress weed growth. 

9. Water and Monitor: 

After planting, give your new addition a thorough watering. Continue to water as needed based on the specific requirements of your plant. Trees and shrubs benefit from deep, infrequent watering rather than frequent shallow watering. Aim for once or twice a week, adjusting based on weather conditions.