How to Plant a Tree or Shrub

How to Plant a Tree or Shrub

Your yard is the focal point of the outside of your home. Simple additions like trees and shrubs are great-looking ideas for any outdoor space — adding colour, freshness and shade. With our handy tips and tools, we’ll give you all the information you’ll need to help you plant, grow and care for your new trees or shrubs this spring.

Tip: Plant in spring or fall for best results.

Skill Level: Beginner
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  1. Step 1 Dig the Hole for Your Tree or Shrub

    Dig the Hole for Your Tree or Shrub

    Before digging, call your local utility provider to identify the location of any underground utilities. Healthy trees and shrubs will last for decades, so consider your long-term landscaping goals and how the full-grown trees and shrubs will fit in. Dig a hole 2x the width and 1.5x the depth of the root ball.

  2. Step 2 Plant Your Tree or Shrub

    Plant Your Tree or Shrub

    Gently remove the plant from the container by gently hitting the sides and bottom of the container until the root ball is loosened. If the roots are growing in a circular pattern slice through a couple of sides on the root ball and gently separate the circling roots. Place the plant into the hole ensuring that the roots are pointing downward and outward then cover with 50/50 mixture of native soil and Miracle-Gro® Garden Soil Tree & Shrub.

  3. Step 3 Build a Reservoir and Water

    Build a Reservoir and Water

    Build a reservoir of soil around the base to direct water to the roots. Water deeply with Miracle-Gro® Quick Start® to reduce transplant shock and promote vigorous root growth.

  4. Step 4 Add Support if Needed

    Add Support if Needed

    Continue to water throughout the season as the first year or two of watering is the most important factor in the survival of your tree or shrub. If planting a larger tree or shrub, loosely tie it to a sturdy tree stake for support. This makes your tree or shrub sturdier once it begins to mature.

  5. Step 5 Feed Every 3 Months

    Feed Every 3 Months

    Feed your tree or shrub every three months with Miracle-Gro® Shake ’n Feed® Flowering Trees & Shrubs. Feed regularly to promote deep, lush green foliage and colourful blooms.

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