Tips to get the most when gardening


Good looking landscape isn't by luck, there's a lot of technique and hard work involved.

Today's 16 Curb Appeal update digs into the best advice for planting new flowers and shrubs.

“The most important thing about planting is to make sure you dig a proper hole and that you don't plant the new tree or shrub too deep,” Mark Linton explains.

Mark says dig the hole two times the width of the root ball and plant it so that there's about an inch of the root ball above the ground level and slope the soil to the top.

Liquid fertilizer and root stimulators help get the plants started.

And soil quality can be easily improved nutrient rich additives like organic peat.

“It hasn't been fertilized for many many years, and so what we have done is amended the soil with this organic peat moss.it adds nutrients to the soil and helps hold the most important thing and that's moisture,” Mark says.

All plants need water to survive, especially new plants.

Mark says forget the sprinkler and use the hose.

“It’s more effective just letting the water run over the top of the root ball, it works so much better than a sprinkler. If you would run a sprinkler 15 minutes or a half an hour you're actually just watering the first several inches of the soil, and what we want is good deep watering.”

So how long do you need to water?

Mark says run a trickle of water on each new plant for a full minute.


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