Container Planting Instructions
CONTAINER PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS
- Container material should be planted within a day or two of receipt. Store in a cool shady place if there is a delay in planting. Do NOT let the roots dry out.
- Before digging consider the mature size, shade protection, view, tile beds, utility location and proximity to structures. Most tree root problems occur in sewers, weeping beds or sewers.
- Skim off a patch of sod about 70cms in diameter and discard. Dig a hole about 70cms in diameter and 40cms deep.
- Remove stones and construction debris, then pulverize the lumps.
- Thorough mix the compost (supplied) in with the excavate. If the soil is of poor quality, extra compost can be purchased at 38 Carss Street, Almonte for $2.00 / Blue Box full. All proceeds go to the Hub Hospice.
- Cut off any damaged twigs.
- Mound several shovels of soil in the hole and place the container on top. The root collar should be approximately 5 cms above the undisturbed soil.
- To release and remove the pot, split both side walls with box cutters or snips.
- Set the water spray nozzle on the mist setting and thoroughly wet the roots.
- Sprinkle the package of MYKE (supplied) over the exposed roots.
- Shovel in about half of the soil and soak it thoroughly so the earth will flow around the roots to prevent air pockets. Check that the trunk is vertical (i.e. plumb).
- Repeat Step 11 until the earth is level with the undisturbed area and lightly pack with your heel.
- Construct a water ring 60cms in diameter by 10cms high. Tamp it with a rake. The ring prevents runoff when the tree is watered. See back of sheet.
- Trickle about 50 litres of water in the ring to ensure the tree is well watered. Repeat Step 14 every two weeks until freeze up in the Fall.
Congratulations! You have planted a legacy that will be enjoyed for years.