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Watering is an essential part of successful plantings. Directly after installing the plant needs to be watered in with a minimum of one gallon, depending on the size of the rootball.
Maintenance of the plant is either the installer's or the homeowner's responsibility. Proper mulching and watering are required for a warranty to be offered. If rainfall does not exceed an inch a week. Watering the new plants will be required minimally every 5-7 days. If the plant fails within 30 days, a full replacement will be provided when the dead plant is returned to Garden Expressions. If the plant is suffering and you are unsure please contact us as soon as possible by calling 715-246-0257 or texting a picture. After 30 days, the warranty will cover 50 percent of the plant cost for up to one year from the date of purchase.
The plant or root crown must be returned. Photo backup of the suffering part would be appreciated.
We will not warranty any plants with a USDA Hardiness zone of 5 or higher.
Dig the hole 4-5 inches wider than the container and slightly deeper than the soil level in the container.
Put a cup of soil amendment, such as Sustane compost or fertilizer, in the bottom of the hole and mix it up with the soil and the bottom of the hole.
Gently pull the plant from the container near the hole, place the tree soil ball in the hole and put the graft point or "knuckle" facing the northwest direction. AND DO NOT BURY it.
Bury only to the top root, most likely 4-6" below the graft point. Back fill the hole with at least 50% of the original soil from the hole.
You can topdress another 1/2 cup of fertilizer on top of the planted tree. Mulch about a 12" circle around the tree for water retention and weed supression. If we are not getting 1" of rain a week. Please water your newly planted tree. A 5-gallon bucket with 2-3 nail holes at the base can leak out enough water for a week.
Purchase quality stock from a reputable supplier. Next, find a permanent spot for these fern-like plants. Whether in your garden or yard, plan for room to expand should you choose to. Choose a sunny location away from tree roots. If you choose to plant s in your lawn, you'll have to remove the sod and build the soil back up to the top of the turf with topsoil. This will help promote good drainage. Asparagus doesn't require rich soil, however, it will do poorly in clay and better in slightly sandy soil. Sphagnum peat moss and sand can be added to amend heavy soils. Dig a hole about 18 inches deep and dump in a couple of scoops of manure. Cover the hole back up with some loose soil. Dig your next hole about 12 inches away from the first one. A ten foot square bed will support about ten plants which is a good start for a family of four. Dig a shallow hole (above the one you've just added organic matter to) about six inches deep and a little wider than the width of the root systems. Spread the roots around the hole then cover with about three inches of topsoil. Don't fill the hole completely to the top. Gradually fill the hole as the spears emerge from the ground for the first time. Add a little dirt around the developing spear every couple of weeks until you've completely filled the hole. Feed your fledgling plants with an organic or inorganic substance. An ideal granular fertilizer should have an NPK (nitrogen, potassium, potash) content of 17-16-28. However, an all purpose 12-12-12 or liquid plant food, like Miracle Grow, will suffice. Organic gardeners may prefer a "manure tea" which is a mixture of about 2 part water by one part well rotted livestock manure. Fertilize a couple of times during the course of the first summer, then again in the early spring of the following year. Another good way to keep the plants fed in subsequent years is to mulch them with livestock manure. Prior to winter, I blanket my asparagus with well rotted livestock manure mixed with hay, wood chips, or grass clippings. Be sure to rake the mulch off your asparagus bed early (right after the snow melts) the following year. This will allow the sun to tickle the root system into action and get it producing asparagus. Harvest asparagus when the spears are 8-10 inches tall. Use a sharp knife to slice through the spear right at ground level. Be sure to harvest before the plant gets woody and goes to seed, which happens quickly in nice weather. Wash thoroughly.