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Dig Planting Holes Ahead of Time!

By passiflora
July 7, 2014

There are many times when you are planning to place a tree or shrub, but you don't have the specimen you want or it is not the best time of year to plant. At other times, you may have ideal conditions for digging a hole for your plant: nice cool weather or moist earth after a rain. Maybe you have extra help for digging, or you are just in the mood for a workout. Planting time and hole-digging time do not have to coincide!

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Jul 6, 2014 6:19 PM CST
"All you need are a shovel and a plant container that you have recycled from a previous trip to the nursery."

Well, that and "PLAN AHEAD" tattooed on my arm or something!! I am so much more likely to buy plants and then try to figure out where to put them... Whistling
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crittergarden
Jul 7, 2014 5:17 AM CST
I'm planning fruit trees I can't afford to buy yet, so this tip is timely for me!
I'll utilize the cool days for the holes.
Also when I give little tours to my friends, I'll be better able to help them visualize with me where the trees will go.

Not needing to mow, I think I'll leave the holes empty though.
I can "claw" in some better-than-clay material as I wait.
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crittergarden
Jul 7, 2014 5:18 AM CST
And bravo to you for this:
"A planting hole can make a great gift, too: a labor of love with a lot of value but no cost!" Thumbs up
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hazelnut
Jul 7, 2014 7:49 AM CST
I wonder why put the plant container in?
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crittergarden
Jul 7, 2014 8:24 AM CST
So it can be walked on/mowed over.
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rocklady
Jul 7, 2014 12:13 PM CST
hazelnut said:I wonder why put the plant container in?


Or if you have a heavy rain, your hole can get filled up. But I would do it because I would step in it, no matter how careful I was. I just wish I had a neighbor like yours!
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hazelnut
Jul 7, 2014 4:13 PM CST
I guess Im so lucky to live on sandy loam alluvial soil. I I can dig a hole any time I want.
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passiflora
Jul 10, 2014 3:54 AM CST
rocklady said:

Or if you have a heavy rain, your hole can get filled up. But I would do it because I would step in it, no matter how careful I was. I just wish I had a neighbor like yours!


That is the main reason. Plus you put the soil back in and it doesn't wash away.

And it keeps nearby roots out, and when you remove there can be a hole exactly the size of the container of the plant you intend to put there.

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alwaysbehindMN
Aug 3, 2014 7:56 PM CST
That's a wonderful idea! I have 10 new peonies on order (Oct. delivery) plus I plan to divide about that many peonies I already have. I have tried to have my peony holes dug in advance... dig a hole the size of a round trash can lid, fill the dirt back in, and then cover the area with the lid until the roots arrive. But the lids themselves are kinda unsightly, plus I don't have 20 lids! If I have a goal of one hole every other day, I should be ready by planting time (I know I will fail my goal more than meet it).
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crittergarden
Aug 4, 2014 4:42 AM CST
You have a lovely kitty to help you!
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rocklady
Aug 4, 2014 7:09 AM CST
This is such a great idea and we hope to use it this winter in FL when it is cooler before the weather gets really almost too hot to work outside.
Any day you wake up on the sunny side of the grass is a good day.

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alwaysbehindMN
Aug 4, 2014 1:54 PM CST
crittergarden said:You have a lovely kitty to help you!


Unfortunately, I have 6 kitties (incl. Marnie in the photo) that may think they're helping me by digging holes and adding fertilizer. I do not appreciate
their help! But on the plus side, I have no problem with voles or any other rodents...
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crittergarden
Aug 4, 2014 3:19 PM CST
give and take, give and take! Rolling my eyes.
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