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and mulch to conserve moisture. Container-grown plants, because they are grown in a bark and peatbased potting soil, will dry out in the landscape quicker than balled and burlaped shrubs and trees grown in soil. It is important that you monitor your newly planted container plants and make sure that when you water you deeply soak the entire root ball. If the plant is planted in heavy clay soils, however, be careful not to over-water. I would be skeptical of buying clearance plants where the sale of plants is a side income at the retail operation. Most times they do not have the proper set-up to take care of the plants, and little attention has been paid to the proper care of this material while it is on the lot. When selecting sale plants under these conditions, make certain that the plants are alive. Check the root systems to make sure that they have bright white roots. Regardless of what the sales clerk tells you, horticultural scientists have not yet discovered a method of reviving dead plants. Happy Gardening!

Even science can’t bring them back once they’re gone! spring. In properly managed yards where plants have been watered and fertilized, and where insects and diseases have been controlled, plants are usually still in good condition. These woody ornamentals will tolerate transplanting at this time of year providing that they are balled and burlaped or containergrown. Do not attempt to transplant bare-root plant material now. Because they are transplanted in July, they will need extra attention. Be sure to water correctly

Marc Teffeau retired as the Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the American Nursery and Landscape Association in Washington, D.C. He now lives in Georgia with his wife, Linda. 92

July 2015 ttimes web magazine  
July 2015 ttimes web magazine  

Tidewater Times july 2015