Bush Planting Tips

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When planting bushes, one thing you're going to want to do is pick a plant with a nice root system. Get bush planting tips with help from an experienced professional gardener in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is Nicholas Staddon, I'm with Monrovia Nursery. Today we're gonna talk about bush planting tips. Planting a bush is not difficult. It's not rocket science. There are a few guiding principles to follow. So you've made your selection at the garden center. You've got a really good looking well branched plant. You've dug a hole that's about twice the size of the root ball. Nice root system on this plant, make sure you keep a hand underneath the base of her, gently lowering her into the hole. You've placed a little bit of mulch into the bottom of the hole already. The soil that you've dug out of the hole, you've mixed that fifty-fifty with organic soil, and then you replace it back into the hole, pushing it down so you take out any air pockets that might have formed. Half way through I always stop, get some slow release fertilizer, very important, and following the instructions on the can, sprinkle liberally into the hole, so when the roots come away from the soil that the plant is in quickly, they will get into the nutrient. So when you've got her in the ground, make sure you leave a well, and then you water the plant in, filling up the well with water, a little bit more mulch, because some of that soil has subsided. And then finally, one more time, the slow release fertilizer on top, just a little bit, and you are on your way to success.

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