Recommended Trees and Shrubs

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Tree and Shrub Planting Recommendations

  1. Choose a plant suitable for your planting location, taking into consideration the eventual mature size of the plant.
  2. Dig the hole only as deep as the plant is growing in its container.
  3. Dig the hole twice as wide as the container.
  4. Mix cotton burr compost or other good compost ¼ compost and ¾ native soil with the soil taken from the hole.
  5. Remove plant from container and place in hole. If the roots are tight or compacted, gently loosen by scratching or cutting.
  6. For 5 gallon material and smaller: Begin filling the hole with the mix of soil and compost. Pack the soil with your hands to eliminate air pockets. This will also insure the plant will remain straight after watering. When the hole is 2/3 full, add 1/3 packet of Tree Saver transplant aid in the hole, spread evenly and finish filling. Water thoroughly. (Tree Saver is used to treat roots with beneficial fungi to stimulate production of feeder roots. It also contains Terra-Sorb, a water-holding polymer.)
  7. For 10 gallon material and larger: Follow directions above, but place the water hose in the hold before back filling. After back-filling with soil and adding Tree Saver, gently run water from the hose until you see the soil shifting. Pack soil with the back of a shovel. If the tree is leaning, gently push the tree in the correct direction and pack firmly. (Note: Tree Saver transplant is applied only at the time of transplanting and does not replace the use of Root Stimulator, which should be applied monthly for the first growing season. Generally, no other fertilizer should be used for the first year.)


The most critical factor in assuring the survival of new plants. Transplanted trees and shrubs, with their limited root system, must never be allowed to be dry for any length of time. New trees and shrubs need a good, soaking watering at least three times per week during hot weather, at least once a week during cool weather. The best way to tell if the plants need water is to feel the soil. If it is dry, water it. Do not let plants stand in water. Proper drainage is also essential for your plants’ survival.

For Best Results, We Recommend:

  1. Mycorrhizal (Tree Saver) beneficial fungus in the top part of the planting hole.
  2. Liquid Root Stimulator.
  3. Mulch or coco fiber mat around the trunk to prevent the growth of grass and weeds.
  4. Irri-Gator bag to help trees through the first hot summer.
  5. Tree wrap to prevent sun scald on the trunks, especially for Red Oaks and Chinese Pistache.