How to Plant Trees and Shrubs*
“HOW TO PLANT A TREE, STEP BY STEP” by Charlie Nardozzi for the National Gardening Association. Though he recommends planting in fall, the how-to advice applies equally well to spring, which is the most popular time to plant because that’s when the garden centers are well stocked with plants.
“HOW TO PLANT A KNOCK-OUT ROSE” by Star Roses.
“HOW TO PLANT A TREE FROM A CONTAINER” from Osmocote is helpful and doesn’t even mention using their products.
Transplanting (moving) Trees and Shrubs
“HOW TO TRANSPLANT A LARGE PLANT” by Utah State.
How to Plant Perennials
“TOP TIPS FOR PLANTING PERENNIALS” by Lucy Summers, author of the (Royal Hort Society-endorsed) Greenfingers Guides. We include this non-North American expert because it’s so useful (after she calls it “a bit silly and a bit basic.”)
Transplanting (moving) Perennials
*Update on Soil Amendments: Due to recent research findings, some Extension universities are advising against adding amendments at planting, even suggesting that adding organic matter and nutrients could impair the development of the plant. (See Dr. Linda Chalker-Scott’s “The Myth of Soil Amendments” for Washington State and more amendment myth-busting from Oregon State – the 4th and 8th myths).