Prep for Planting With Some Simple Tips

Planting is a highly rewarding activity, in which you set up the fruits of your creative labor to take root. Before you break ground, read our simple tips on the best ways to prepare for planting.

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Plan Ahead

Choose a dry, fine time when the soil is not frozen or too wet. Gather all necessary tools - fork, spade, fertilizer, and watering can - so you have everything you need on hand. Weed the soil, paying special attention to pesky perennials, like dandelions or Canada thistle. Then, fork in fertilizer and dig holes.

The new plants will need to be soaked well prior to planting. The best way to do this is to immerse them in water while they are still in their pots. Leave them soaking until the bubbles disperse, then remove them from the water and allow them to drain.

Bare-rooted trees, roses or shrubs should be planted between fall and early spring. Container-grown plants can go in the ground at any time, but hardy plants, like these lupines, are best planted in fall when the soil is still warm and moist. Leave more tender types until spring, as young plants may not survive a cold, wet winter.


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