Planting Guide

With proper installation practices, establishment of native plants may be less than 2 years.

Once established native plants require less watering, pruning, and winter protection.

Weed control is the most important measure to take to ensure survival and growth of your seedlings or plant plugs!

The best way to control weeds or sod is to “scalp” the top two inches of soil and vegetation in an area two feet around the seedling/ plug.

Tilling or herbicides (used as directed) may also be used before planting.

During planting it is important to keep the bare root seedlings in a bucket of moist moss, paper, or burlap. Be careful not to soak them in water as extended soaking can cause the roots to rot. Remove one bare root seedling at a time so roots do not dry out. A pre-root dip, such as Terra-Sorb, may help roots retain moisture.

Planting Steps:

  • Insert a planting bar or shovel and work back and forth to create a hole big enough to accommodate seedling/plug roots.
  • Place seedling in the hole at about the same depth it stood in the nursery (look for visible soil mark).
  • Cut the roots to about eight inches if needed, but do not break them off.
  • Make sure roots are in a natural, uncurled position (i.e. the hole is deep enough) or the plant plug is not sticking above the hole.
  • Firm the soil around the seedling/plug to prevent the roots from drying out.
  • Use water to wash soil around the roots to eliminate air pockets.
  • Add 2″ of mulch around the base of the seedling/plant.

Proceeds from the Native Plant sale will support maintenance and expansion of our demonstration gardens on the Missaukee County grounds & Conservation District trail at our office location on Sanborn Road.