PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS
HILLSIDE NURSERIES

508.528.0038
Place the right plant in the right place! The following guidelines are adapted from the Massachusetts extension service and our own life long experience. Research has determined trees develop a more horizontal branching root system that stays within the top 3' of topsoil. Over 60% of the root system spreads beyond the drip line of the plant. In essence, it is more beneficial to plant a tree in a hole that is wide rather than deep. We are confident that following these guidelines will benefit you and your plants.


1.Be sure to locate all under ground utilities prior to digging the hole.
2. Avoid planting trees around or under power and telephone lines.
3.Trees and shrubs should be planted within 24 hours of purchase.
4. Plants must be watered daily. Place in a shady location if they cannot be installed right away.
5. In general, apply 3-5 gallons of water per inch of the tree trunk diameter.
6. Water your plants 2-3 times per week for a 6 week period or as needed, until the plant is established. Under drought conditions, watering regimes may need to be extended.

7. Balled and Burlapped Plants: Peel back the burlap and carefully remove only enough soil to expose the trunk flare.
8. Containerized Plants: In general containerized grown plants can be planted to the depth of the soil in the container.
9. Find the trunk flare (This is where the trunk of the tree meets the large roots.) and measure the distance from the bottom of the root ball to the trunk flare.Subtract 2-3 inches from the measurement. This is how deep you are going to dig the hole for the plant.
10.The width of the hole should be 2-3 times as wide as the root ball.
Working from the center of the hole, create sloping sides much like a saucer.
11. Place the root ball in the hole. The base of the root flare should be level or slightly higher than the ground outside the hole.
12. When positioning your tree be sure the tree is straight and have the best face of the plant aiming in a desirable direction.
13. Place some soil around the base of the tree to stabilize the root ball. This is also a great opportunity to apply some organic fertilizer and mycorrhiza products to the soil to establish faster, more dense, rooting. Please ask us for assistance with these items we carry in the garden center.
14. Containerized Plants: Distress the root system in order to minimize encircling roots. Balled and Burlapped Plants: Remove the first 8 to 16" of wire basket and burlap but only when the tree is well positioned. Do not be concerned about the burlap and wire basket on the very bottom of the root ball.
15. Back-fill the hole using quality soil and aged compost. When full, create a basin or curb of soil around the plant to retain water.
16. Place a hose in the basin and allow the water to trickle in for 30-60 minutes. This will insure that the bottom roots are well hydrated.
17. Mulch should be placed in a wide band approximately 3 times the diameter of the root ball, over the root zone and no more than 2-3" deep tapering to, but not piled up against, the trunk of the tree.
 
 
Place right plant right place! following guidelines adapted Massachusetts extension service life long experience. Research  determined trees develop
more horizontal branching root system that stays within top 3'  topsoil. Over 60%  root system spreads beyond drip line plant. essence, more beneficial plant tree in hole tha wide rather than deep.
Place right plant right place! following guidelines adapted Massachusetts extension service life long experience. Research  determined trees develop
more horizontal branching root system that stays within top 3'  topsoil. Over 60%  root system spreads beyond drip line plant. essence, more beneficial plant tree in hole tha wide rather than deep.
Place right plant right place! following guidelines adapted Massachusetts extension service life long experience. Research  determined trees develop
more horizontal branching root system that stays within top 3'  topsoil. Over 60%  root system spreads beyond drip line plant. essence, more beneficial plant tree in hole tha wide rather than deep.

 
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