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The right way to plant

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by 93Chevy, Jul 11, 2009.

  1. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    Noticed this at a customer's house last week.

    You're supposed to leave them in the pot, right? :rolleyes:

    Pics with phone, sorry for bad quality.

  2. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    What the crap? lol

    Years ago I had a homeowner tell me that they had been told by a "professional" that when planting shrubs just cut the bottom out of the pot, then put it in the hole. They said it makes the roots go deeper since the surface roots can't get out... Just repeating what I was told.
  3. ponyboy

    ponyboy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from ny
    Messages: 1,560

    guess it wont be hard to transplant them they should just pop right out of the ground
  4. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    Yeah, I'm assuming they just cut the bottom out. It seems easier to me to take the plant out, but whatever.
  5. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    What are those Yews?

    I have seen customers that will take extra plants at the end of each season and store them in a certain area. They forget about them, and the tap root ends up growing out of the pot, then the customer don't want to cut it off. Dirt is piled up around the pots to overwinter them and eventually the plants just sit there as a new shrubbery bed!!!!????
    It is funny, however the nurseries overwinter stock sometimes this way, but is more common in B&B not in BR. Those feeder roots cannot expand outward, so all that is living is the tap root and whatever nutrients the pot is supporting such as the Osmocote pellets. These plants will eventually strangulate and die anyway..

    Funny Though!!
  6. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    I am nearly certain they are yews.

    They are very tall, but also very sparse and thin.
  7. Think Green

    Think Green LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,746

    They either trimmed them back too far or the evidence of lateral root strangulation is ongoing.... LOL!
    The shoots sprouting from the base of those shrubs are signs of problems or top cut exposure...
  8. 93Chevy

    93Chevy LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 37,804

    I'll try to remember to get more pics next time I'm there.

    I'm only there every 2-3 weeks. I just mow the banks along the driveway and line trim the property.
  9. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    them are some ugly ass plants

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