Planting Guide

We are glad you picked a beautiful tree or shrub for your yard.  Please follow the instructions here and your plant will grow big and beautiful.  

Plant Installation & Watering Instructions For Your New Tree & Shrub 


Remove the Container

Carefully remove the container by holding the top of the root-ball and gently sliding it out. Loosen the roots slightly with some gentle squeezing and pulling. If you don’t do this, the plant will remain root-bound, and your tree will not thrive.

Prepare the Planting Mix

Your plant will love good rich soil, so prepare a planting mix of Chicken or Mushroom Compost. We like to remove all existing soil and use straight Mushroom or Chicken Compost. It also helps to add a Bone Meal to the bottom of the hole for any newly planted tree or shrub. Bone Meal makes the roots explode out of the existing root ball and is just good for the overall health of your new plant. We like to add 1/4 cup (a small handful) of Hi-Yield Bone Meal per gallon of plant.

Usage amount for example

3-gallon plant would require about 3/4 of a cup

15-gallon plant would require about 4 cups.

This doesn’t have to be exact. You cannot harm your plant by using too much or too little.

Dig the Hole

Dig the hole 2-3 times as wide and the same depth as the container the plant came in. Set the plant in the hole and be sure that the top of the rootball is level with the surrounding soil or slightly higher. A big problem we see a lot of is plants being planted too deep. This causes many problems that may not show up for years.
Fill the Hole
Fill the hole with the planting mix from Step 2. Water the plant very well. This helps stabilize the plant as well as remove any air pockets.

Your plant needs vitamins and minerals, so don’t forget to feed it. The best thing to use is Nelson's 12-month Release Plant Food. It’s complete, balanced, and helps your plant grow up healthy. You can fertilize any time of year and only have to use it once a year.


Usage rates for Year Release Fertilizer:

1 Heaping Handful Equals about 2 Ounces

1 Gallon Plant—1 Handfuls or 2 Ounces

3-5 Gal Plant—2 Handfuls or 4 Ounces

7-10 Gal Plant– 3 Handfuls or 6 Ounces

15-30 Gal Plant—4 Handfuls or 8 Ounces

How to water your new plant

The following is a basic guide for watering. There is no “one size fits all” method for watering. Different soil types need different amounts of water. When in doubt, stick your finger in the dirt at the base of the plant. If the ground is wet or moist, don’t water. If it is dry, you should water. Watering—April through October A new plant is going to need plenty of water to start growing. Follow this schedule to help it develop a strong root system:


• Water every other day for the 1st and 2nd month.


• Water twice a week for the 3rd & 4th month.


After this period, water once per week, or more frequently if it is very hot and dry. The above watering schedule can be reduced to only watering once or twice a week November through March.


Watering Tips

• Use a water hose. Plants like a nice deep soaking when it’s new, sprinklers will not give it enough water. The correct way to water is to turn on your water hose where the water is coming out of the hose very SLOWLY. Sit the hose at the base of the plant for 5-10 minutes. This allows you to put a large amount of water on the plant, so it soaks in the ground rather than running off.


• We rarely see a plant get overwatered. We would always recommend more water than less. Yellow leaves that hang on the plant means too much water. Curling or brown leaves that fall off means too little water.


Determine the appropriate location for planting, and then dig a hole twice the width, but only as deep as the pot. To make enriched soil for your plant's mix Osmocote® Smart-Release& Plant Food Flower & Vegetable in with your choice of compost or Fafard Ultra Container Mix with Extended Feed following the label instructions. These products will loosen and enrich the soil and promote root development. Water your plants thoroughly, and then remove them from their pots by inverting them and supporting the root ball.

If the roots are wrapped around the inside of the pot or if the roots are compacted against the pot, "feather" the roots out by using your fingers to gently pull the surface roots away from the root ball. This will encourage new roots to grow out into the new soil. If the roots are extremely compacted, you may need to make a few shallow cuts through the roots on the side and bottom of the root ball.


Place your plant into the hole Using your enriched soil, fill the hole back in, gently pressing the soil around the root ball. Water the plant thoroughly to ensure the soil falls in completely around the roots, eliminating air pockets.


For the first couple of weeks check flowers daily for watering needs.  If soil is not moist, water slowly so as to attain deep-water penetration, which encourages widespread root development. Water plants in the morning hours to reduce diseases and evaporation of moisture.


For absolutely gorgeous flowers, feed flowering plants every two weeks with Nature's Source All Purpose Plant Food fertilizer. This supercharged feed is specially designed for maximum flowering.


Add a 2 to 3-inch layer of shredded mulch, pine straw or bark chips around the plant. This will help retain water and keep weeds to a minimum. Avoid mulching more than 3 inches deep or mulching too close to the stems or trunks of the plants to prevent souring of the mulch.



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Dothan, AL 36303

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