Dig Deep, Wide and Get Off to a Great Start

    Picking the right plant for the right spot is the first step in getting a new plant established in the landscape. After that, the quality of the planting job goes a long way towards a successful addition to your landscape.

    We recommend following the basic instructions from the Extension Service of University of Massachusetts. Digging a hole that is wider than it is deeper, and then adding an amended soil mix to surround the new root ball. Planting a perennial, shrub or tree too deeply will result in stress or the death of the plant. Please ask our staff where the root flare is on a tree, for that’s where it should be planted, no lower or higher.

    Customers frequently ask us what fertilizer to use, and in recent years with the development by Espoma of a starter with mycorrhizae, we have shifted to this product. What is mycorrhizae? Mycor and rhiza mean literally fungus and root, and defines the mutually beneficial relationship between the plant and the fungus. These are specialized fungi that will colonize the root system and spread far beyond them. The mycorrhizal filaments are extensions of the root system, and are more efficient in absorption of nutrients and water than the roots themselves.

    Espoma's Bio-Tone Plus has 17 different fungi to aid in the establishment of this beneficial fungi. It’s most important that this product be incorporated into the new soil mix surrounding the root ball to work. Mulching the plant after planting will help promote even soil moisture so this new fungi will propagate and spread.

    Watering practice after the planting is equally important. The initial soaking will help get out the air pockets and settle the soil firmly around the root ball. Subsequent watering should be done with enough to once again soak the root zone down to the full depth of the root ball. Frequent shallow watering should be avoided.

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