WE ARE PLANTING A BALLED 4'PYRAMIDAL BOXWOODD SHRUB. IT REQUIRED TWO MEN, A...
WE ARE PLANTING A BALLED 4'PYRAMIDAL BOXWOODD SHRUB. IT REQUIRED TWO MEN, A WHEELBARRELL, AND A LOT OF SWEAT TO TRANSPORT IT ABOUT 50'FROM THE TRUCK TO A FEW FEET FROM PLANTING HOLE. WHAT IS THE BEST/CORRECT/EASIEST(?) WAY TO TRANSPORT(NEXT TIME) AND - NOW, HOW TO PROPERLY SET SHRUB INTO PLANTING HOLE?
St. Louis County Missouri
Were you not able to pull the truck up to the planting hole? Other than by truck, ATV, wheel barrow, or people carrying it, I don't know any other way to transport a shrub. Backing the truck up to the planting hole would be the easiest if that is doable. Dig the hole as deep as the root ball or if plants are in a container, as deep as they are in that container. Set the plant in the hole and fill the hole with the native soil you took out. Do not add potting soil or much new, bagged soil to the hole. It needs to get established in the native soil. Do not plant any deeper than the level of the root ball. You do not want to get any of the trunk below the soil line. See this guidesheet for instructions on planting a tree/shrub. http://extension.missouri.edu/p/G6850