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Don't add amendments to soil when planting trees or shrubs.

Enterprise, AL(Zone 8b)

This is not new information but I was not aware of it till a few months ago, so I thought I would post a link here. The article in short is saying when planting woody perennials(trees and shrubs) not to amend the soil, but instead to use mulch on top.

Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

Seedfork - I like watching "This Old House" and was surprised when they said the same thing.

Decatur, GA(Zone 7b)

I read a few interesting posts by Linda Chalker-Scott, one of the Garden Professors, regarding planting trees. She wants the trees roots in native soil. Here's a link to one such post.


Charlotte, NC(Zone 7b)

back40bean - your link did not work for me, but this one might. Go down the page to root balls #1 and #2 under Planting techiques.


SE Houston (Hobby), TX(Zone 9a)

Don't know HOW I stumbled in here, but it sure is a blessing!

Monday, I purchased 7 new hedges to replace old ones that will be dug up. And, Sunday, my tree trimmer is coming to give me a quote on relocating at least 5 shrubs and 2 Crepe Myrtle Trees!

I sure needed all that reading and researching!



Decatur, GA(Zone 7b)

Thanks, Honeybee. I tried my link and it did come up but it was slow to come up.

Iowa City, IA(Zone 5a)

Excellent advice! I am days away from planting blueberry bushes. I'm so glad I clicked.

Enterprise, AL(Zone 8b)

I am not so sure this applies to Blueberry bushes! They have special needs! They like acidic
soil, and I have read the best thing to plant them in is a pine bark mulch. I would recommend doing specific research on planting Blueberry bushes.

Iowa City, IA(Zone 5a)

That's true. I also realize that they have very shallow root systems, so itmay be just fine to amend within a space that is larger than the root system.

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