2. Plant the Larger Plants

Plant 5-gallon and larger plants before installing the sheet mulch layers.
Remove plants from buckets, place into pre-dug holes.
  • Plant the larger plants. Before installing the weed barrier or mulch, plant any 5 gallon or larger plants. Smaller plants can be added later. 
  • Dig a hole. Using a shovel, dig a hole that is as deep as the rootball and 3 times wider than it.
  • Rough up the root ball, and cut away any large roots that have circled at the bottom of the container.
  • Partially backfill the hole with soil mixed with compost, place the plant in it, backfill the hole completely and then gently press the plant in.

Tip: Select the right plant for the right place! Check out StopWaste's website for plant selection tips and plant lists.

Continue to Step 3:  Add a weed barrier.