How to Plant Shrubs
Shrubs structure and fill out your garden, adding density and dimensionality where it's most needed. They're simpler to install than you may know. Here, we walk you through it.
- Excerpted from Garden Design
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Shrubs form the backbone of a garden plan, providing structure as well as flowers and foliage. Plants grown in containers can be planted year-round if you avoid days when the ground is frozen, or excessively wet or dry. Before planting, always check the label for the shrub's preferred site and soil.
It should take you about an hour to plant a shrub.
- spade and fork
- organic matter
- mulching material
Dig a Hole
Dig over the soil thoroughly, removing any weeds and working in plenty of well-decomposed manure or compost. Make the planting hole twice the diameter of the container and a little deeper.
Plant the Shrub
Stand the plant in its container in a bucket of water and leave it to soak. Remove the plant from its pot and tease out any thick, encircling roots. Plant at the same depth it was in its pot. Backfill with soil.
Firm soil gently, ensuring the shrub is upright and that it is sitting in the most shallow spot in the hole. Water generously, then spread a mulch of organic matter, keeping it away from the stems.
Excerpted from Garden Design
©Dorling Kindersley Limited 2009
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