Planting natives shrubs
Is it recommended practice to root wash and use soil from planting hole with no amendment when planting natives in my Oregon City garden? I have read that is the most recent peer reviewed information. If not, please explain the process for planting,
Clackamas County Oregon
Thank you for your question. Because you referred to 'natives,' I'm assuming you are asking about shrubs and trees. You don't need to wash the roots; you should transplant with as large a root ball as possible, since washing them exposes the roots to air, which dries them out. The small roots that you can't see are really negatively impacted by this technique. Here is a link to an extension service article about how to plant trees and shrubs (whether they are native or imported.)
Hope this is helpful. Good luck!