Weeding Weeds All plants not intended to grow in the spot they are in Should be removed to allow wanted plants to grow Continual weeding is needed to keep area in good condition
Watering Water based on plants needs In the sun all day = daily watering In part shade = daily watering Shade = check soil for dampness, usually every few days Each plant has its own water requirements
Transplanting Moving plants from their current spot to a new area New plants brought in Plants are overgrown and need to be spread out Change in the garden plan
Steps in Transplanting Step 1 Prepare the new planting site. Dig a hole Mix the soil you removed with peat moss and fertilizer Loosen the soil in the bottom of the hole with a rake Step 2 Cut back the top growth Water thoroughly to be sure all roots are wet
Steps in Transplanting Step 3 Push your spade into the soil in a circle around the plant. Step on the shovel with your foot and rock the handle back and forth to loosen the root ball. Step 4 Go around the circle again, driving the shovel deeper into the soil Rock the shovel back and forth to further loosen the root ball.
Steps in Transplanting Step 5 Push the shovel into the same circle a third time, angling the shovel so that its blade cuts the soil under the root ball of the plant. Step 6 Grasp the plant near its base and remove it from the ground. Shake it a little to remove any loose bits of soil from the roots.
Steps in transplanting Step 7 Place the root ball into the prepared hole. Gently spread the roots out from the base toward the perimeter of the planting hole. Step 8 Back fill the hole with the improved soil. Firm it down gently but firmly with your foot as you go.
Steps in Transplanting Step 9 Water the transplanted plant. Set a hose with a small trickle of water near the base of the plant. Step 10 Spread fertilizer the help the plant grow.