Recommendations For A Successful Nursery Plant Selection And Planting

The process to grow a yard full of healthy and attractive vegetation, trees, and flowers requires some planning and the right care once you take the plants home from the nursery and situate them in your yard. Here are some recommendations to help you get a great looking healthy yard this spring with the right landscape plants.

Select the Right Plants

When you visit the plant nursery in your area, you should take care to look at the quality and condition of the available plants in addition to their genus and species. How a plant looks sitting in the plant nursery is going to give you a good indication of how well it will do once you pack it home and get it placed into your landscaping soil. A plant that is already looking not the best is not going to fare as well during its transport and it is more likely to not make the transplant. So, understand what a nursery plant should look like and seek out the plants that look healthy.

You should look for plants that have moist soil, which means their roots are also moist and the plant has a good source of moisture to draw upon while it remains in the pot for planting. Look at the leaves and branches to make sure they are firm and not limp and there are no breaks on the main stem or branches. Don't pick a drooping plant thinking you can revive it because the stress it will receive from the transport, removal from the pot, and being placed into a new location is not going to help its condition. A nursery plant should be healthy and strong for you to have the best success.

Prepare the Planting Location

As soon as you get your nursery plants safely home, plan to plant them into the ground as soon as possible. The longer they remain in their pots and outside with the elements of wind, sun, and rain, the better chance they have of dying on you. So, dig a hole for each plant in the soil measuring the same height as the plant's root and soil ball. Dig the hole width slightly wider than the root ball so you have room to carefully place the plant and to move and press the soil back around the roots.

Use a knife to loosen the soil and root ball from the inside of the pot or compress the sides of the pot while you gently slide the plant out of its container. Place the plant's roots into the hole and replace the soil around it, gently pressing to remove any air pockets. Immediately water the soil around the plant to saturate it well. Then, watch your plant to water it each day as needed until it starts to form new growth. For more information, contact a company like Red Mill Landscaping & Nursery.