Here in Florida we have the luxury of planting year-round, but the best time to plant is in the Spring. It’s important to remember that unlike in the north, it can be very hot and dry during Spring in Florida, so if you can’t water your new plants regularly, wait until summer rains arrive.
Planting seems like a simple task, but to get your new plants off to a great start you need to use proper planting techniques like we use here at Selby Gardens.
First, select your site and lay out your plants. Use a rake to remove the mulch and a shovel if you need to remove any turf grass.
Before you dig make sure you know where electrical lines and irrigation lines are. Pile the soil to one side on a small tarp or in a pot.
Make sure of the planting depth. It’s very important to plant at the same soil level as in the original pot. Don’t plant too high or too low.
Firm up the soil in the bottom of the hole. Then score, or break up, the root ball. Seat the plant in the hole, check the orientation in relation to your other plants and you’re ready to fill in the hole.
Then, apply some appropriate fertilizer using a bit sprinkled on top, tabs or a water-soluble solution. If you plant a tree or shrub you’ll want to make a water ring, making sure to remove air pockets and completely wet the root ball.
Replace the mulch or turf, clean up your tools and you’re done.