Texas mountain laurel has a very sparse root system. Because of this, the rootball breaks easily.
Do not move this item when the rootball is wet and, thus, heavy. The roots can’t support the weight of the soil when it’s wet.
- When moving, use a dolly. If one is not available, place a shovel handle under the twine above the rootbag. Two men can now easily carry a tree.
- Do not, under any circumstances, roll the tree. This will break the rootball and kill the tree.
- Transport standing up. Laying down, it cannot handle the jostling of highway travel.
- Dig a hole twice as wide and the same depth as the root ball. If you have heavy clay soil, mix your dirt and a planting mix ½ and ½.
- Cut and completely remove the bag from the tree.
- Plant the tree so that the top of the root ball is at or slightly above the surrounding soil level. DO NOT COVER THE CROWN OF YOUR TREE’S TRUNK WITH DIRT.
- TAMP THE SOIL MIX FIRMLY around the root ball, eliminating all air pockets.
- Make a deep basin of soil to retain water. WATER DEEPLY & THOROUGHLY.
- MULCH (but the mulch should not touch your tree’s trunk)
- DO NOT FERTILIZE your newly planted tree for at least one year.
Newly planted trees must be watered thoroughly for the first five (5) days after planting. This settles the soil and removes air pockets in the soil and from around the tree.
Texas mountain laurels do not like to stand in water. Make sure you plant in a well-drained area.
YELLOW LEAVES – too much water
BROWN LEAVES – not enough water
OVERWATERING AND UNDERWATERING will kill a tree