A Better Way to Finish Planting Any Plant

planting a plantWith the approach of spring comes a new growing season with endless possibilities for a fresh garden filled with beautiful, thriving plants.

If you plan on bringing in new transplants and/or seeds this coming spring season, review your planting technique. A common mistake is to tamp down the soil when refilling the planting hole. Make sure you do not pack down the soil using your foot, hand, knee, shovel, etc. after you fill in the holes. Tightly compacted soil will put undue stress on the roots—which can hinder the growth as well as possibly cause breakage.

Instead of tamping down the soil, when you water the plant in, let the water compress the soil naturally. After everything is settled, add additional soil if there are any exposed roots.

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