Geneva Gardens FAQs
Supplied Trees and Shrubs
Trees and shrubs are grown in 1 gal, 2 gal, 5 gal, 10 gal and 15 gal containers. Most foundation or garden shrubs are in 2 gal pots and provide an immediate impression in your landscape. Our upright evergreens and some specimen plants are grown in 5 gal containers in order to provide a similar impression on your landscape as the the 2 gal material.
Trees are often provided in 10 and 15 gal pots. This size of potted material provides a good show immediately. The "containerized" tree will often catch up to the more expensive spaded trees because of the set back that occurs with root damage done by a tree spade. Larger size (tree-spaded) trees are also available.
All of our trees and shrubs are fully guaranteed for one growing season.
How to care for Trees and Shrubs
In the first place it is most important to consider the specific conditions of your garden before selecting plants. Without adding irrigation it is important to consider if the plant will face hot dry conditions facing south. Some plants are more tolerant of this. Mulching materials such as filter cloth and wood chips dramatically increase the ability of you soil to retain moisture.
Shady and cool conditions are another important factor, but many specific plants can thrive in these conditions. The soil in the area you are going to plant your tree or shrub should not be too sandy, nor too heavy and clay like. One will not hold moisture, and the other will not accept it. For light sandy soil generally add peat moss and organic matter such as decomposed composting material. Both are inexpensive and readily available at building and garden centres, or from ouselves. In the case of heavy clay soil, washed sand and peat moss will begin to improve the drainage and ability of the soil.
For individual planting, excavate the area for the tree or shrub at least three times greater than required to place the root ball. Before backfilling, mix the soil additives listed above. Compact the soil around the root ball to remove air pockets and water heavily, filling the suppression.
With excess soil create a soil rim that will further retain water. Plant the top of the root ball level with the lay of the land. Stake trees in such a way that they will not be disturbed by heavy winds in the next year.
Granular fertilizer added to the mixed soil is beneficial provided the instructions on how much to use is followed. Pruning is generally not advised in the first year, but attention to the necessary watering is most important in this period of time.
Before freezing in the fall plants should be watered heavily as desiccation occurs on sunny, warm, winter days. This winter drying (in particular with evergreens) and lack of sufficient watering in the first growing season are the most common cause of plant loss. If you have specific questions Fax, Call or E-Mail us and we'll get back to you with further advice.