Foolproof Transplanting

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by Smallaxe, Jan 29, 2013.

  1. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
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    There have been a lot of mistakes made out in the real world and lots of comments, even here, about transplant failure... While some plants just do not transplant consistently, even some of those may survive if done well...

    When watching the "Garden Shows" and the "Experts" there,,, I can pretty much agree with them most of the time... However they do not adequately address this unseen underground air pockets in the hole... In fact I've seen the closeup demonstrating the packing of surface soil with someone's foot,,, and that is definately going to prevent good perculation a settling of the soil in the transplant hole...

    Adequate removal of air pockets and soaking up the entire root zone is a very big deal and there is a foolproof way of accomplishing that:
    Depending on the soil, each transplant hole is flooded at the time of transplant, then again the next day to double check for air bubbles, and often again on the 3rd day... Obviously if the hole wasn't ammended well and there is heavy clay all around then the initial flooding may well be enough to remove air pockets, because it will take all 3 days to allow air back into the pores...
    We need to know the time when the pores in the soil are able to get air again... Without that information we can never know if 1 time is good or if 3 times maybe necessary...

    How do you eliminate the unseen underground air pockets??? :)
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
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    Have you got any suggestions on the water obsorbing chemical, or micro..sp?
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,082

    I never tried the water absorbing pellets, although I'd like to just to see how well they work... do you know much about them???

    Everyone around here brings in topsoil for their lawn and landscapes and once you dig through that it is generally wash sand underneath...
    We then either add topsoil to the hole,.. if it is handy or just stir in compost with the surrounding soils and soak that down...

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