After you have selected the best spot for your tree or shrub, there are several steps that you can take to ensure that your plant will stay healthy and strong. Transplanting is best done in the spring. This can be done as soon as the ground is workable until early July. You may also transplant in the fall, although it can be more difficult on the plants because they usually have less time to establish themselves before frost. If you do transplant in the fall we suggest that you spray the foliage with an anti-transpirant to prevent drying out over the winter.. Plants that are well potted are better able to cope with a fall transplant.
When digging the hole for your tree or shrub, make sure that there is enough room for the roots to fit inside without being bent or crowded. It is very helpful to add manure or compost into the soil hole, as this will give the plant all the organic material it needs to get a good start.
At this point some people will feed the plant with a fertilizer that is high in phosphorus such as 10-52-10. They feel that this helps with a good strong root development. Another method of improving root development that we do know to work is to water the plant with willow juice. You can make willow juice be taking a bundle of willow twigs two and a half to three feet long and four inches in diameter, chopping them up into little pieces, and soaking them in five gallons of water overnight. When watered on to your newly transplanted bush, this will help improve the lateral root development.
We recommend that you water your newly planted evergreens thoroughly so that the soil is drenched two or three times a week for the first two or three months.
After the first two or three months you can follow the following care routine:
- Water once a week
- Fertilize every spring once with RX30 (This is a 30-10-10 fertilizer)
- In the fall water the plants well right up until frost to prevent winter drying, and use wooden stakes and burlap to protect plants that are under three years old on the North, West and South sides. (Don’t allow burlap to touch the foliage.) Also apply evergreen netting on any plants which you expect to receive large amounts of snow accumulations.