• In this video, This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook gives a new shrub a healthy head start.
    Steps:1. Dig a hole for the shrub that’s two-and-half times wider than the root ball, and 2 to 3 inches shallower than the root ball height.
    2. Place the topsoil onto a tarp and save it for backfilling later.
    3. Dig out and discard any rocky soil from the hole.
    4. Set the shrub in the hole; cut away any twine binding the branches.
    5. Rotate the shrub so that its best side is facing out.
    6. Use bolt cutter to remove the wire basket from the root ball.
    7. Cut away the burlap from the root ball.
    8. Mix compost and slow-release fertilizer with the topsoil.
    9. Backfill around shrub with the amended soil.
    10. Water the root ball for 30 minutes once a day for a week.
    11. Place soaker hose around base of tree and water for 2 hours once a week.
    • Difficulty: Moderate
      Requires some digging, and even small shrubs are heavy, but the rest of the planting steps are pretty easy
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        In this video, This Old House landscaping contractor Roger Cook gives a new shrub a healthy head start.
        Steps:1. Dig a hole for the shrub that’s two-and-half times wider than the root ball, and 2 to 3 inches shallower than the root ball height.
        2. Place the topsoil onto a tarp and save it for backfilling later.
        3. Dig out and discard any rocky soil from the hole.
        4. Set the shrub in the hole; cut away any twine binding the branches.
        5. Rotate the shrub so that its best side is facing out.
        6. Use bolt cutter to remove the wire basket from the root ball.
        7. Cut away the burlap from the root ball.
        8. Mix compost and slow-release fertilizer with the topsoil.
        9. Backfill around shrub with the amended soil.
        10. Water the root ball for 30 minutes once a day for a week.
        11. Place soaker hose around base of tree and water for 2 hours once a week.

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      1. Shrub

      2. Plastic tarp

      3. Compost

      4. Slow-release fertilizer

      5. Soaker hose