Can plant during the hot summer? - Knowledgebase Question

Fountain Valley, Ca
Question by tekjesus4
July 17, 2008
Can I plant trees or shrub in the summer where the average heat of the day is over 100 F?


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Answer from NGA
July 17, 2008

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Transplanting can be stressful to plants, especially when the weather is hot. But, you can plant if you take extra care. Begin by planting your trees and shrubs at the proper depth (the same soil level as they were growing in the nursery container), then make a water well or watering basin beneath each newly planted tree or shrub. Simply mound up several inches of soil in a circle around the plant, about 12" away from the main trunk. Fill this basin with water, allow it to drain, then fill it a second time. Watering in this way concentrates the moisture over the root system and allows it to trickle down, wetting the entire root mass. Water in this way once a week to help the roots of your new plants become well established. Don't fertilize your new plants - you want them to be able to establish their root systems before they put out new growth.

Best wishes with your new plants!

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