Leland cypress trees - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by susanwoodel
August 30, 2010
Would you please let me know the correct / best / most effective way to plant 6 foot Leland cypress trees (i.e. how deep a hole, soil)? Thank you.

Answer from NGA
August 30, 2010
Leyland cypress will adapt to most any soil type, as long as it drains well. The best way to plant is to dig a hole the same depth as the nursery container and just slightly wider. Your goal is to plant your Leyland cypress at the same soil level as it is growing in the container. After digging the hole, loosen the soil at the sides of the soil, then turn the plant on its side and slide it out of the nursery container. Gently massage the rootmass to loosen it slightly, then set it in the hole, double check the finished depth of the plant, and fill in around the sides with the soil you took out of the planting hole. Tamp it down as you add the soil and when the hole is completely filled in, water the plant well to help settle the soil. When you are finished planting and watering you can make a watering well or watering basin around the plant by mounding up a few inches of soil in a circle about 12 inches away from the main stem of your cypress. Use this to water your plant. Fill the basin with water, allow to drain, then fill it a second time. Watering in this way will concentrate the moisture directly over the roots and allows it to trickle down, wetting the entire root system. Watring once a week is all your Leyland cypress will need. Best wishes with your new Leyland cypress.

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