Space your plants according to their mature height and width so they have enough room to grow. While still in their containers, place them in the landscape before you dig any holes.
Dig each hole as deep as the rootball (the soil and roots together) and twice as wide. Set the plant in the container down in the hole to be sure the hole is not too deep. The top of the rootball (or soil in the container) should be level or slightly higher than surrounding soil.
Fill the hole with water and allow it to totally soak into the sides and bottom before planting.
Carefully remove the plant from the container by tipping the container to the side, tap it with the palm of your hand or shovel to loosen the rootball and push gently against the rootball through the holes at the bottom of the container to gently slide the plant out. Hold the plant at the base near the soil, and then support the rootball underneath as you move it to the hole.
Place the plant carefully in the hole and fill the soil in around it. Pack it firmly to remove any air pockets. Don’t stomp on top of the rootball as you may damage the root system.
Build a watering berm around the planting hole if the plant is a small shrub or tree. This allows the water to filter in to the root zone where the plant can use it.
Water each plant well, making sure enough water is applied to reach below the rootball. Water deep and often for the first week or so, then cut back to encourage deep rooting.
Native plants need as much water as non-native plants during the first growing season. Newly planted natives are very vulnerable to water stress, especially if they are planted during the spring and summer