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Name: Elizabeth
Middle Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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pawsplus
Jan 22, 2021 7:42 PM CST
So . . . tomorrow I plant my 2 Ilex vomitoria "Nanas." I know the hole should be as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. BUT . . . these are going in the monster holes left by pulling out my old azaleas. A lot of the soil went with the azaleas LOL so there was not enough to fill the holes. I got some topsoil and my plan was to mix it with the remaining soil. Should I then tamp it down pretty firmly and then dig a new hole? I am concerned that otherwise it will be too loose and the root ball will drop way down. You want the top of the root ball exposed, right?
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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pepper23
Jan 23, 2021 3:16 AM CST
It won't drop enough to worry about. Mix it in, plant, put a thin layer of soil on top (you want to cover the root ball but not go crazy with it) and water it in good and deep. Don't overthink it either. Smiling

Also, next time you rip out plants, knock off soil off the rootball and save it. That will save you money down the road so you don't have to buy so much to replace it.
Name: Elizabeth
Middle Tennessee (Zone 7a)
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pawsplus
Jan 23, 2021 6:28 AM CST
pepper23 said:It won't drop enough to worry about. Mix it in, plant, put a thin layer of soil on top (you want to cover the root ball but not go crazy with it) and water it in good and deep. Don't overthink it either. Smiling

Also, next time you rip out plants, knock off soil off the rootball and save it. That will save you money down the road so you don't have to buy so much to replace it.

OK--thanks! And yeah, I thought about keeping the soil after the second one disappeared down the street on the back of the guy's tractor LOL. Too late!

Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
Roses Zinnias Region: Missouri Cat Lover Dog Lover Bookworm
Native Plants and Wildflowers Region: United States of America Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pepper23
Jan 23, 2021 7:52 PM CST
We've had at least 9 truckloads of dirt brought in here to our place to shore up the yard and built retaining walls. I still buy dirt but I make it a point to try and save what I can. Having it drilled into my head every time doesn't help either. I even save the potting soil. I just dump it in the garden and mix it in.

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