Category: General News | Published on 12-January-2021 12:50:58
Do you want to improve your landscaping results and impress your customers (and your boss)? We have put together 5 tips that will not only save you time, but will help you avoid unnecessary mistakes when planting. Risks you want to avoid include having to replace plants (which causes you time and money loss), yellow leaves, and dead plants. Make sure you take the right steps to ensure you will create sustainable landscapes that last.
Nathan, our horticulturalist and educator at StrataGreen, knows pretty much everything when it comes to soils & planting. He has helped many contractors in successfully bringing their projects to life. With over 25 years of experience, he knows the biggest mistakes when it comes to planting. So don’t miss out on his tips below.
1.Understand Soil Basics
Understanding Soil is complex and a science in itself. It is the most critical thing in any project or situation regarding plants. Soil can be too dry, it can be too wet, have too much organic matters or excessive Phosphorus in soils for native plants. We recommend reading the book “Soils for Landscape Development – Selection, Specification and Validation” by Simon Leake and Elke Hage. This book will give you samples of soils specifications for any situation. Or get in touch with us at StrataGreen.
2.Utilise Site Soil where you can – avoid importing soil where possible.
Why? Using the wrong soil can be damaging to plant health and survival. The issue using imported soil is that the quality of the soil may be inferior and the physical and chemical properties (pH for example) may not be suitable for your planting project. Importing a new soil can cause plant shock, twice. Those are two avoidable shocks! We’ll explain: The plant is transplanted out of pot into hole (Shock 1) then it recovers and grows through the imported soil and out in the natural soil causing Shock 2. By utilising site soil (where you can) not only are you saving money by not having to buy in soil, you will reduce your Carbon footprint by not having big trucks transport soil from a quarry miles away, then from the yard where you purchased it. Top Tip: Add TerraCottem Soil Conditioner to site soil to make it better than any imported soil on the market.
3.Dig Bigger Holes when planting
Size does matters when it comes to digging holes when planting. Rule of thumb is to make the planting hole double to size of the root ball. This rule can be applied to all plant stock up to a 25ltr rootball and then switch to wider, longer but same depth. Avoid making the hole deeper with larger tree stock as you can cause slumping and sheering of roots. Adequate size is beneficial to plant establishment and vigour. Don’t cut corners and take the risk trying to save time. Top Tip: Adding TerraCottem Soil Conditioner at time of planting may save you money as you can down size your planting stock and achieve the same outcomes if you planted out and didn’t use TerraCottem.
4.Ensure you use good Quality Equipment & Materials
Avoid buying the cheapest or premium for that matter, until you fully understand all aspects of the products. People that use the equipment day in, day out can make a far better judgment on what works and lasts, so trust genuine referrals and recommendations. At StrataGreen, we advocate for proper equipment and recommend products that are best suited for each job. Avoid frustration and wasting your time by ensuring you get quality recommendations and professional advice.
5.Don’t look to save money on your landscaping materials
Good quality can seem more expensive at first glance, but down the track you can often save time and money. A great example for this is our TerraCottem Soil conditioner (8-10 year life span). Many people say the pricing per bucket exceeds their expectation, but customers who use it realise that they save money down the track.
How? When planted with any soil, TerraCottem treated plants are known to last longer, they grow stronger and longer roots, store water better and are healthy for years to come. That cuts down maintenance costs. An average soil conditioner cannot keep that promise and you will have more work down the track. TerraCottem Soil Conditioner often costs no more than up to 20% of the cost of the plant and will save you $$$ for years to come.
Do you have any tips you want to share? Comment below!
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Please contact Nathan Straume for additional questions.
Nathan Straume, Horticulturalist
Mobile: 0406 315 091