On March 13, 2012 we also did plant a Drake Elm - Ulmus parvifolia tree. It has been very rewarding and no doubt it will grow into a tall and graceful shade tree. It originated from China, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Also called Chinese Elm and Lacebark Elm for its beautiful exfoliating bark that adds beauty to the winter season. We will see...
This photo is also used on HouseLogic: 7 Garden Mistakes to Avoid
Just click on above link and scroll down to read my comment on Mistake #3: Planting without a plan.
Just showing you how our 'Drake' elm, Ulmus parvifolia has grown since its planting day on March 13, 2012 and today, July 31 of 2012. This method of preparing the hole properly does work and you get an instant reward as is seen from both photos!
On point #4: Neglecting the root of it all I'd like to add THE most crucial mistake often made. When planting a rose, shrub, tree or whatever, you buy some good potting soil, spent mushroom compost or cow manure (available at Home Depot). Set that aside and dig a DEEP and WIDE hole. Just anticipate the growth of that new garden member. In that hole you thoroughly mix the potting soil, spent mushroom compost or cow manure and the original soil. Now put water in that hole, SOAK it before planting. This way you make watering easier and your new living garden member can easily penetrate this perfect and nutritious soil for extending and growing its roots. This is THE MOST IMPORTANT THING and quite often overlooked! Most plants and trees are put into a hole and have to sit almost on their 'knees' as there is no space to go into. The original soil is too dense, too hard and often not rich enough. Fertilizing is no solution if this very basic thing is being overlooked!
We got this 7 gallon tree at County Farm Plant Co., Inc. in Baxley, Georgia.
Detail of its leaves, this photo is from March 13, right after it got planted in our garden.
Do you have an Ulmus parvifolia or Drake Elm tree?
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