FAQs

The Questions We Get Asked Most

We get asked a lot of questions and with over 40 years of knowledge we are proud to share what we know. Here are the questions our customers ask most. If you have a question not answered below, please Contact Us and we will be happy to answer.

You can plant new perennials, shrubs and trees (whether in Wire Basket or pot) anytime you can dig in the soil – from early spring through to freeze-up in fall.

It is important to check on your new plantings frequently for at least the first week after planting. Topping up settled soil, deep-root watering and staking are all maintenance items that may come up very soon after planting so it is not recommended to leave for vacation directly after planting.

Check out our Planting Instructions for step-by-step instructions on planting, including digging the hole.

This answer will vary greatly depending on the soil where you are planting. All plants benefit from nutritious soil and most plants require good drainage. Because of this, most plants will struggle is planted in a high-clay spot – and unfortunately most new subdivisions (the last 15+ years) are nearly all clay after 6” depth.

If you are digging into well drained soil, we recommend digging a hole 1.5-2 times wider than the pot or root ball, leaving room to backfill around the roots with a nutritious soil or compost mix.

If you are digging into clay, we recommend digging a hole 2-2.5 times wider than the pot, and creating a drainage ring around a mound of clay for the plant to sit on, then backfilling with high quality soil/compost. If you’re having a hard time picturing this, head over to our Planting Instructions.

But for any plant, a bigger hole will never hurt, so if in doubt – go bigger!

We sell plants in both pots and wire baskets. Here are the basics:

Potted plants are typically grown in pots throughout their entire life, being “potted up” (moved from a smaller pot to bigger pot as the roots need more space) as they grow. They can be grown with only as much soil as the pot holds and are grown in the greenhouse or Pot-In-Pot field. Potted plants are typically sold younger and smaller, and are usually a manageable size to plant by yourself or with a friend’s help. Potted plants may be removed from their pot and planted at any time during the planting season.

Wire Basket trees have grown from seedling to mature tree in the field with no root restriction like in pots. Once planted in the field, these trees grow with little human involvement, aside from pruning and fertilizing, until they are mature enough to sell. Wire Basket trees are harvested when the tree is dormant by cutting the roots with a tree spade, then placing the root ball and soil in a wire basket and burlap. Wire Basket trees typically start at 50mm+ (see Caliper sizing) and require equipment such as a skid steer to plant as they typically weigh 500+lbs. Once a tree has been harvested and is in a wire basket, it can be planted any time during the planting season, by placing it directly into a hole – no need to remove the wire basket.

Check out our Planting Instructions for more information on planting.

Caliper can refer to two things in the tree world :

  • Unit of Measurement : The most common way to measure an established Wire Basket deciduous tree is by the caliper, which is the diameter of the trunk measured 6 inches above the flare of the tree. Calipers are may be expressed in inches or millimetres.
  • Measuring Tool : A tree caliper is a special tool (caliper) used to measure the caliper (diameter) of a tree’s trunk.

Caliper measurements are typically used to identify the size requirements of a deciduous tree for a landscaping plan or architectural guidelines for new builds.  Evergreens are measured by height.