How to Plant in the Heat

Are you considering planting in the heat?

A lot of people think that you can’t plant in the summer/early fall. We have a lot of people ask us is it safe to plant in the heat? Can I still plant? The answer is yes you can! And, you can be very successful. As Ryan Glover likes to say, “if you can dig, you can plant.” If you like to dig in the late summer/early fall then why not add some instant shade?

All of the plants and trees we have in the nursery are ready to plant. If you’re looking to add a few more trees and shrubs to your yard for some cooling shade, now is a great time to do it. You will want to keep in mind Ryan’s 5 tips for planting in the heat.

Ryan’s Quick Tips for Planting in the Heat

  1. Dig the hole as deep as the rootball, no deeper.  But 1.5x as wide.
  2. When backfilling the hole after placing the tree (or shrub) use 80% soil to 20% mulch.
  3. Use the hose to settle the soil and saturate the root ball when you first plant.
  4. Hand water with your hose on a slow for 15 to 20 minutes 3x’s a week in the heat. (drip systems and sprinkler systems do not tend to saturate the root ball properly)

Learn more about watering techniques here….Remember slow, deep watering is best to give your new plants a great start.


Other useful links and resources:

Garden Plant Helleborus: The First Blooms of Spring

Planting a Tree 101

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  • Ward O'Brien

    It looks like you made this video a while ago but your detailed explanation of how to water correctly will always be relevant for people with newly installed trees and shrubs. After watering during installation and then following up with a demonstration along with verbal and written instructions, I find that some homeowners still rely on their irrigation systems. Your video is a great reference for them to always go to so that they remember that deep root watering with a hose is key for survival, especially in the current conditions.
    June 17, 2021

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