How to Get Stronger Plants in a Garden

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The secret to getting stronger plants in a garden rests with a few key areas of your preparation process. Get stronger plants in a garden with help from a gardening professional in this free video clip.

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Hello, this is Nicholas Staddon from Monrovia with how to get stronger plants in your garden. There are five key points when looking for plant, planting a plant and situating the plant. Pretty not that completed. The first thing is when you're looking a plant in the garden center, look for a plant with great structure and shape. This is a Magnolia Little Gem. It's a fine example. Nice strong central leader, nicely evenly branch. If it's a shrub or a bush, look for something that's nice and symmetrical and pleasing to the eye. When you're planting, dig a hole about two and a half times as big as the root ball. Your local garden center expert can recommend the mulch or mix out 50-50 with your regular soil and a little bit of slow release fertilizer in the planting mix is also welcome addition. The first year of care and attention is absolutely key. That's where watering is so important. Deep watering once a week or depending on how the weather is in your area really encourages a wonderful root system. And then of course, throughout the year, you'll be fertilizing as well. Pruning to shape. Pruning in those early years really guarantees a great looking plant as it grows older. And so, with the Magnolia Little Gem, you would prune together a nice bushy form, the branching structure is already here. And lastly, I nearly forgot, sun or shade, this is absolutely key, don't put a sun plant in the shade and don't put a shade plant in the sun. Good label directions will always help you there. This is Nicholas Staddon from Monrovia, helping you grow a stronger plant in your garden.


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