If you are walking around your yard shielding your eyes because you can’t bare to look at the boring and untidy planting scheme or lack of, then it’s time to go shopping for some new and interesting plants. Things to remember when looking for plants is to assess the aspect of the area to be planted, i.e.; sunny, shady, partly shady. Also have a dig around and examine the soil quality, soil improvers should be added when planting to enrich the soil with nutrients. Once the plants have been selected, follow these simple tips to have you strolling around your once shameful garden with a smile and a sense of pride.
- Clear off the area to be planted by hand weeding.
- Dig the hole, as a general rule, the hole should be 1 ½ times the size of the pot.
- Add a small amount of potting mix or some kind of compost/soil improver/fertiliser
- Carefully take the plant out of the pot, if the roots are pot bound and compacted, gently tease some of them out or in extreme cases, using the sharp clean blade of your secateurs, cut lines into the pot bound roots to aid in teasing them out.
- Place the plant in the hole, ensuring that the collar of the plant (part of the stem that meets the potting mix) is not too high or too low in the hole, if too low the plant will get collar rot, a disease caused by soil covering the trunk.