How to Plant Trees & Shrubs

Top Soil Plant Guide

Clay Soil Plant Guide


Deneweth’s recommends using #1 Baccto Tree & Shrub Mix, or Dairy Doo Tree and Shrub.

Hole Width & Depth

Dig a hole 3 times wider than the root ball, but not deeper than the root ball.

Removing Your Plant

Don't lift the plant by the trunk. Lay it down and slide it out of the container, or cut the container away from the root ball.


Place the plant in the hole. Use #2 Mykes Tree & Shrub root stimulator at this time. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label.


Refill the hole with #1 soil. Roots should be able to easily grow into surrounding soil, so do not pack the soil down. Create a temporary water basin around the plant with soil so that water will penetrate the basin area.


Water thoroughly via a hose with water pressure on low. A sprinkler is not appropriate for this. Thorough watering is important in order to eliminate any air pockets. Make sure that the soil level remains at the same height as the surrounding area, (add more soil if necessary).


Prune only diseased, damaged or broken limbs and stems. Old methods suggested pruning 1/3 of the plant, but current research dictates otherwise.


Apply a 3" layer of organic mulch around the plant, keeping it at least 1" away from the trunk.


Water often the first year until established. This usually takes 2-3 years. A well-established plant will be able to tolerate more stress, (such as low temps, pests, or other damaging factors).


Use #3 Espoma Tree Tone organic fertilizer after planting and again in early spring.


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