Good grass is important, but it is only one element in a beautiful lawn. Grass can be enhanced by attractive trees, shrubs, flowers, etc. Although trees and shrubs are hearty plants, they must be planted correctly to survive.
If the shrub or tree is in a container, dig the hole at least 2"
deeper than the root in the container. Loosen the soil below the
root and add a small amount of plant food.
Remove the shrub or tree from the container and lower it into the
hole. Refill the hole with thoroughly loosened soil. Then, form a
mound with additional soil around the edge of the newly dug hole.
This provides a basin to hold water until the plant is thoroughly
rooted in the new location.
If the tree or shrub is a bare-root plant, unwrap the roots of the
tree after the hole is dug and place it in position. Hold the plant
upright with a spading fork while you tap the loose dirt around the
roots. Always set the shrub or tree about 2" lower in the ground
than it was originally set before replanting.
Use plenty of water when resetting balled or bare-root plants.
Fill the basin around the tree and let the water soak in thoroughly.
After one complete soaking, re-soak it again.
Water is essential to a new shrub or tree in the first few days
after replanting. Keep the hole wet during this period. Be sure to
build up a basin arrangement to keep water on the plant for several
days. Water your newly planted shrub or tree every week to 10 days
during a dry spell.
Protect the new plant against injury and disease by covering the
lower part of the tree trunk with a tree wrap. Start the wrap just
above the roots and a little below soil level. Continue wrapping to
just below the lowest limb (see first image below). Hold them in
position with cords.
Keep the soil loosened around the new plant and give it a good
start by feeding it lightly with plant food. Soak the food into the
soil by watering (see second image below). Feed any new plant with
plant food in the spring and fall until it reaches maturity.
You can create interesting clumps of trees by tying different
varieties together and setting them out in bunches. Hold them in
position with cords. The cords will rot away quickly after they are
placed in the ground. Follow all other planting instructions when
trees or shrubs are planted in clumps.