Planting and Care Instructions
Planting trees and shrubs correctly enables them to take root and build a stable foundation. First, dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as needed. Combine 25% (peat moss, compost or planting mix) with 75% of the soil you dug out for your tree and then mix the two together. Now, take the two soils that you mixed together and put back in the bottom half of the hole, because you dug the hole out twice as deep. Fill the hole 3/4 full of water first, then place the tree in the hole. Fill the hole up with the soil/compost mixture and then add more water to prevent air pockets.
As far as planting depth; the graft, located between the root and stem, should be above ground about an inch above the soil line. Form a 2 feet diameter soil ring around the tree to create a watering basin. Don’t fertilize until the tree begins to leaf in the spring. Be careful not to add too much fertilizer which will burn the tree. Slow release fertilizer is best the first year.
After planting, do not over water! Before watering, test the soil with your finger to see if it is dry. Too much water can prevent root growth and drown the tree just as too little water will dehydrate it.
The first two weeks after planting will be the most crucial to survival, so keep your trees properly irrigated. As a general rule, fruit trees should be planted 15-20 feet apart, blackberry & raspberry plants 2-3 feet apart, and blueberry plants 5-6 feet apart. Contact our experts here at Bob Wells Nursery for additional help!