How to Plant in the Palm Beach Landscape
By Pamela Crawford
Learning how to plant in the Palm Beach landscape is quite easy in areas of sandy soil, provided you are not trying to dig through lots of tree roots.
1. If the soil is difficult to dig in, sharpen the edges of a shovel with an electric grinder. These grinders sell for about $30 at most home improvement stores and are well-worth it.
2. Dig a hole that is slightly wider and shallower than the root ball. Using a tape measure saves time.
3. Take the plant out of the pot. If any roots are circling, cut them slightly so they can grow straight into the soil and not in a circle.
4. Place the plant in the hole. Fill in the sides with the same soil. Do not put any additional soil on top of the root ball. It should be slightly out of the ground, as shown in the diagram. The major cause of plant death after planting is planting too deep. Soil around the stem of the plant rots it.
5. Water the plant so that the soil is well settled in the hole. Water thoroughly so that no air pockets remain around the root ball.
Pamela Crawford designs gardens in Palm Beach County, Florida. This video is appropriate throughout Pamela’s service area, including Boca Raton landscapes, town of Palm Beach landscapes, Palm Beach Gardens landscapes, Jupiter landscapes, and Wellington landscapes.
This article is taken from:
“Easy Gardens for South Florida” by Pamela Crawford. © 2001 Color Garden Inc.
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