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Dan's Garden: Potted Plants

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When you go shopping for plants, you'll most likely see a lot trees and shrubs sitting in containers.

Dig the hole only as deep as the pot, but wider, probably twice as wide and its important not to plant them too deep. We have complete planting instructions to tell you.

Also, some plants when you get them like this oak tree, might be a little bit root bound by now because they take us a while to grow and they've been in the pot a few years. You might have to scarify the roots with a bow saw or a utility knife, something sharp, so to break up the roots so that they don't keep going round.

I like to plant any kind of tree or shrub now, but the key is, you've got to water everyday until they root in to the ground, and it might take two to three weeks or depending on the heat maybe more.

Hydrangeas, my favorite plant this time of year because they bloom from now until October. It's our feature plant of the week, and there's many in the series. It's a super plant, grows on the east side of the house, south side, west, even in the shade. But the trick is, with hydrangeas and a lot of these plants, to mulch.

Use both bulk mulch, save some money or get the bag, you can have coco bean mulch, cypress, lots of kinds or grass clippings even, three or four inches deep. It keeps the ground cool, it keeps the moisture up, and the plant doesn't get so stressed in between waterings.

So, that is a little tip for now, and next week we're going to have a great show on our traveling garden showing you lots of ideas. Until then, good gardening.


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