Planting Trees and Shrubs into Clay

When planting trees and shrubs into clay soils, there is a danger that the hole you dig will become like a pot that fills with water and doesn’t drain, causing the tree to become over watered.

Preparation

To solve this problem, dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the root ball on the tree. Combine Fiber Earth Garden Mix Plus with the soil removed from the hole in a 50/50 ratio and replace into hole, Ensure the top of the root ball sits above soil level leaving the root ball half in and half out of the hole. Mound the remaining soil mix around the root ball. This keeps the majority of the root ball out of the cold wet clay. As the summer hot dry weather arrives it becomes important to mulch the root ball with Garden Mix Plus to preserve soil moisture.

 

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