- ornamental grass plants
- garden shovel
- watering can or garden hose
- spring-tined or kitchen fork
Step 1: Make the Hole Deep Enough
Dig a hole as deep and a little wider than the container. Place the plant in the hole to check that the top of the root ball will be level with the soil when you plant it out.
Step 2: Water Well and Tease Roots
Remove it from its container and gently tease out the outermost roots. This encourages them to spread and develop well after planting.
Step 3: Plant Correctly
Fill in around the root ball with the excavated soil, firming it with your fingers. Water it well using a can with a fine rose. Water regularly until it is established.
Step 4: Tend to Dead Growth
The dead growth of deciduous grasses can be left over the winter; use a spring-tined or kitchen fork to remove dead growth from evergreens in the early spring.
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By: Julie Martens Forney