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Planting Guide and Helpful Resources

This guide is designed to help you to be successful planting anything from small perennials to large trees.  

Step 1: Dig a hole twice as large as the width of the potted plant or tree, but no deeper than the pot. It is better to err on the side of being shallow than going too deep because the plant will sink over time.

Step 2: Mix 1/3 compost to 2/3 soil dug from the hole. 

Step 3: Throw organic fertilizer (such as Microlife 8-4-6) in the hole before placing the plant/tree inside. Center the plant and fill in the hole with the compost/soil mixture. Do not stamp the soil down.

Step 4: Water in the plant/tree using a root stimulator such as liquid seaweed. Reapply the product again in 7 to 10 days.

Step 5: Spread 3-4 inches of mulch around the plant. For trees, keep mulch 3 inches -5 inches away from the trunk.

Step 6. Make sure to deep water while your plants are establishing. Sprinklers and other lawn irrigation isn’t enough. Hand watering or using soaker hoses will give you the best results.

If you have questions, please speak with one of our knowledgeable staff here at Garden Seventeen!

Helpful Resources

The Garden Guide For Austin and Vicinity is available for purchase and is an excellent resource not only for annuals and flower gardening, but for ALL things landscape related. When to plant certain veggies, what shrubs do well here, how to prune trees, and even the basics of design are all included in this guide. For flowers, it features a calendar of when to plant, varieties that do well here, and annuals for different areas (hot and dry, poor soil, or screening). Click here to purchase yours now!

Click the links below for great resources on what perennials and annuals to plant throughout the year in Texas:

Texas A&M AgriLife breakdown for Travis County

Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center – Website

Ladybird Johnson Wild Flower – Milkweed Specific Resource