The weather in Michiana is practically perfect these days for working outside. NewsCenter16’s Curb Appeal project has inspired many to do a little landscaping on their own.
NewsCenter 16’s Tricia Sloma talked to Mark Linton from Linton's Enchanted Gardens about how to avoid one of the most common mistakes while planting new materials in the yard.
Before a new shrub is put in the ground, Mark Linton warned residents to be careful not to plant it too deep.
“That's a real common problem, we see a lot of people planting things too low,” said Linton. “And that is not good that is actually a slow death for plants. I'd like to see a little bit of roots sticking out of the ground. Get the leaves so that they are not under the soil. Make sure the roots come into contact with the soil. So we'll put a little pressure around the base of the plants, there is good contact there and no air pockets in there. And we'll actually completely get the air pockets out with some water some hand watering later on.”
Linton suggests a pre emergent herbicide to be applied at planting. That will help keep weed seeds from germinating and will not hurt the plant.
Another good idea during planting is to add root stimulator. It is fertilizer that helps jump start the plants in their new location, ensuring good root growth to get the plant established before the seasons change.