Now is the Time,
June 12, 2014
In This Issue
Lobster Claw Heliconia
This heliconia is the perfect way to add a unique and tropical plant to your landscape. They look great poolside or tucked into a shady backyard garden. When they bloom, they are a great conversation piece. The flowers are so unique - they look like lobster's claws. The lush green foliage grows tall enough to create a little privacy if needed.
A shade tree adds value to your home, reduces cooling costs and creates a wonderful area for backyard barbeques and summertime playing. So what are you waiting for? Below are the steps that Kerby's always uses for planting shade, flowering and fruit trees. Follow these steps and you'll have a tree that will give you a lifetime of shade and who knows, maybe some great garden memories.
Step 2: Remove the tree from the pot and loosen the
roots. Large circling roots should be cut, and all
around the root ball, the roots should be teased
out. The goal here is to get as many roots as
possible pointing outwards, so that they will grow
outwards quickly and anchor the tree into the
Step 3: Set the tree in the hole and check the level. This is the time to adjust the height of the root ball. Remember it should be level. At this time (before you put dirt into the hole), rotate the tree so that it is facing the direction you want.
You want to
use a mix so that the new tree will acclimate to the
existing soil. Using a shovel or your hand, work the
soil into all of the pockets around the root ball,
filling as you go. Once the entire area around the
root ball is filled with soil, get the hose out and
use the water to help wash the dirt into any
remaining air pockets (This is also how you really
soak the new root ball). Continue adding
more soil until you have filled the hole up to the level of
the root ball and the soil is nice and firm. Use any remaining soil to form a dirt
berm around the outside of the root ball. This helps
you water the new tree by holding water over the
root ball and allowing the water to really penetrate
Step 5: Stake the tree. Most small to medium trees just need one strong stake tied to the trunk. Remember you aren't trying to keep the tree from bending and swaying with the wind, you are trying to keep the newly planted rootball secure in the ground, so that the new roots that are growing aren't being constantly disturbed. Make sure that you tie the tree to the stake with grow-tape or Soft-Tie. You want to use something that can grow and stretch with the tree and not cut into the trunk.
Step 6: Apply root stimulator. The acid in root stimulator encourages new roots to grow and really gets trees off to a good start. It also provides some good starting fertilizer. The most important thing for a new tree is to grow a strong root system to anchor it in the ground.
Step 7: Water. Daily for the first month, always in the morning. Fill the berm up 3 or 4 times and let it soak into the ground. You want to soak the entire root ball and then soak a good area around and below the root ball to encourage the roots to grow. Water every other day for the second month and twice a week for the thrid month. After the thrid month, you can usually reduce the watering to one good soaking each week.
So there you have it. The steps that Kerby's follows each time we plant a tree. So pick a tree and get planting. Backyard barbeques and summertime picnics await.
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