XERISCAPE: LANDSCAPING WITH STYLE in the ARIZONA DESERT

       


Planting
Here are some instructions for installing low water use plants:
1. Dig a hole for each plant that is three to five times wider but no deeper than the plant's root ball. This will help to encourage outward root growth and to prevent the plant from sinking below the surrounding soil surface.
2. Tap the side of the container with a hammer or trowel to loosen it from the root ball. (Place larger plants on their sides.) Remove the plant from its container taking care not to damage the roots. Handle plants by the root ball rather than the branches or foliage.
3. If the roots are compact or circling the container, score the root ball or loosen the roots around the circumference of the plant. This helps the roots to spread to the adjacent soil after planting.
4. Place the plant in the hole so that the top of the root ball is even with or just a bit above the soil surface. Fill in the hole with soil, pressing firmly around the root ball to minimize soil settling.

How to plant a tree
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5. Remove nursery stakes (from trees) and trim off any dead or broken branches. No other pruning is necessary at this time.
6. If you don't have a drip irrigation system, make an irrigation well around the plant, forming the well at the outer edge of the plant's canopy. Although they are not necessary, shallow irrigation wells are suggested for plants on drip systems also. Water each plant thoroughly, wetting the soil to the bottom of the root ball.
7. Make any necessary irrigation system adjustments to ensure that water is going to the root ball of each plant.
8. It is a good idea to spread a thin layer of organic mulch around new plantings.
9. Do not fertilize new plants. Although organic mulch is helpful to new plants, fertilizing immediately can damage them.
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