Let me tell you a story

plantmaven(8b/9a TX)September 21, 2011

When I was about 5 years old I spent a lot of time with a neighbor couple. They had no children. They had a yard with many plants. This yard was my first memory of clock vine and dutchman's pipe vine.

When he planted any thing he used the method of filling the hole full of water. He then set the plant in the hole and filled it again. Then he used a hoe to backfill the soil while the water was till in the hole. He gently stepped on the soil to get any air pockets out.

Monday I did this with a 3 gallon potted beauty berry. It took me several hours to get the hole dug. The soil was like concrete and had numerous rocks in it.

As of yet the plant has not even wilted.

This was a bird planted beauty berry that I dug up and potted in the spring.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

about a man named Brady!

Oh sorry got confused (Brady Bunch theme song)

I heard it called the "mud method" with roses. You water the heck outta the original plant,making it muddy, plop it on a tarp,mud and all, (or if it's small a bucket will do) drag it across the yard to another hole filled with water/mud ,plop the plant in and cover. I do mine differently. I water the plant the day before so it's moist not wet, drag it on a tarp (no pruning), plop it in a pre-dug,composted hole that's very wet and cover it over.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 11:36AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

Beverlyhillbillies too

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 5:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
roselee z8b S.W. Texas

That's the way a man, who was originally from Mexico, planted some large trees when we moved in here. He said it was to make sure that there were no air pockets around the roots which would cause them to die. Since learning the method from him I do it when large items are planted.

Thanks for reminding us all. It might save some heart ache over loosing some newly planted trees and shrubs.

BTW, I've had the same experience digging holes in ground like you describe :-(

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 5:44PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

I had one hole so bad I made my DH do it. He was really sweet and didn't mind, but I HATE having to ask for help with stuff like this.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 6:23PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

It just kills me that it takes me hours to do what once took 40 minutes.

    Bookmark   September 21, 2011 at 7:19PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

I hear that!

    Bookmark   September 22, 2011 at 10:54AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
texasredhead(z8Texas)

We're not as young as we once were. I just pace myself especially when its 108.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 10:40AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ogrose_tx

I hear you too, so much slower than a few years ago, but hopefully a little wiser!

Am fixing to plant in my new flowerbed, the last 20 yards of soil should be in by the first of next week. Will use that method, it seems like a great idea. All my potted plants look horrible, really took a beating this summer, including the beauty berry.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 12:46PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Lin barkingdogwoods

My soil is sugar sand so it's easy to dig in, but that's the only thing easy about it. No organic matter, water flows through it, nutrients too. I worked on it for the five years before I moved here and it's barely made a difference.

I'd take the nutrient-rich clay of Euless any day - after all you plant once (or 2 or 3 times to find the right spot), but water and fertilize all the time.

- I guess it's like women and hair - we're never happy with what we have.

Lin

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 1:42PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

yes, I would be happy to trade my fine hair for someone's thick hair.

Some friends came, today, and dug up a very large plant I did not want. So kind of him to leave me a beautiful hole to plant something else.

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 7:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

I don't mind the clay it is all the rocks. I am in NW San Antonio, which is the beginning of the hill country. Lots of lime stone.

We do have some pretty cool honeycomb limestone.

k

    Bookmark   September 23, 2011 at 7:43PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
pjtexgirl(7b DFW)

That is so cool looking!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 1:52AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
greybird(z7 TX)

It's true about how those air pockets around the roots mess with your plants. Most of the plants I lost this summer was due to moles tunneling and leaving that air space. A full time job to keep them tromped down. Sand and loam are easy to dig, but all that subterranian activity sucks. All that tromping makes the bed unlevel and sometimes pushes fresh mulch down around the roots, causing chlorisis.
I believe I would trade my sand for clay.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 10:12AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
marti8a

Whew plantmaven! I thought you were going to say that was someone's osteoporosis hip joint! lol

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 2:12PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
plantmaven(8b/9a TX)

They do look like bones. hahaha

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 5:09PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
rock_oak_deer(8b TX)

We specifically collect the ones that look like bones and use them around the yard.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 8:45PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
ocgf(Z8)

lol!, marti8a!!

Omar

    Bookmark   September 24, 2011 at 10:17PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
HAVE: Ft Worth Spring Swap Trinity Park April 18
Okay, I know it's still January. technically. But the...
sylviatexas1
'Terri's Pink', Hibiscus mutabulis 'Rubra'
Anyone know where to purchase this plant? 'Terri's...
ruthz
garden bed holding to much water?
I have a 8x14 and a 4x14 garden bed . The top of the...
0123456789101112
anyone seeing bluebonnets blooming yet?
I am on vacation this week and would love to take a...
PKponder TX
rabbit fence
We live in houston and looking at getting a rabbit...
sumanamine
Sponsored Products
Herman Miller | Mirra® 2 Chair, Armless with TriFlex Back
YLiving.com
Bolton Woodridge Panel Full Bed In Chestnut
Beyond Stores
Gray Heron Velvetloft Plush Bed Blanket
$24.99 | zulily
Tutto Chef Nonstick Dimple Technology 10-in Fry Pan with Lid
Overstock.com
Custom Fitzsimmons Upholstered Bed
Home Decorators Collection
Spectra Forward Patio Umbrella
FRONTGATE
Trans Globe 4186 Post Lantern - 7.5W in. - 4186 SWI
$62.51 | Hayneedle
Indoor Ceiling Fans: Sahara Fans Tortola 52 in. White Ceiling Fan 10053
Home Depot
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™