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Planting Guide

Planting ferns

Ferns not only look well growing along the side of a bank near a creek or pond, but also look great in hanging baskets, around house foundations (to hide blocks) or planters as well. When it comes to ferns, many people love them but aren't quite sure how to plant them. If you follow these few simple steps you should be able to have gorgeous looking ferns in no time.


Here are some simple instructions on planting and caring for the fern.

1. Location - The first thing to do is to determine where in your flower bed/garden the fern is going to be placed. It is important to know where your plant is going to be placed so that it will grow well.

2. What Kind - After determining the place where your plants are going to be located, you must decide what kind of fern you want? The fern must be able to thrive in the soil and light condition of the chosen spot. So you must take note of the areas sunlight and things of that nature. Also, check the soils ph level which can be done with some simple test strips found at your local garden center. Remember to check on the water exposire for the area since some ferns require vast amounts of water.

3. Purchase your plant

4. When you pick up the plant be sure to check it for insects, dead spots and other signs of a deteriorating plant. Puchasing your plant from TN Nursery will assure you won't have to worry about this - since we only ship top quality plants.

5. Now that you have your plant, you must select the exact spot that the plant will be placed. Dig a hole twice the size of the roots and add fertilizer if needed. Then place the plant (tear some of the roots so that they spread out) in the hole and fill in the sides. Water the plant immediately afterwards. Also be sure to water it on a regular schedule.

6. Now you can sit back and enjoy your plants growth and beauty.

By following these few simple steps you can enjoy the look of a vast, hardy and dense fern in no time!

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Planting a bare root tree

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Do you know how to plant a bare root tree? Or do you even know what a bare root tree is? Any bare root plants are plants that have been grown in the ground and dug up to be shipped directly to you. These plants are usually shipped in burlap bags around their roots. Here are some simple instructions on planting and caring for bare root trees.

1. Location - Determine where your flower bed /garden is going to be located. This is needed before you can select what tree you're going to purchase. Always remember to not plant any trees around or near walkways, driveways or pipes, such as the septic line.

2. What kind of tree you want - Determine what plants can grow there and thrive. (This means taking in water consumption, sunlight, ph levels) Once you've determined which will live in your selected spot, determine what you want in that spot. Trees such as great white Oaks need a large amount of room, while small dwarf apple trees need only a small amount of room.

3. Shop - Once you have determined what you're getting, do you're shopping and get your tree. The best price and quality can always be found at TN Nursery.

4. Inspect your tree - Once you get your plant it should be checked for breaks, insects, dead limbs and other signs of plant deterioration.

5. Dig - Now that you've got your tree you should dig a hole twice the size of the root ball. This can be done easily with a post-hole digger or a shovel. The plant should have fertilizer added to it and the hole filled in. The plant should be immediately watered. Add mulch or pine needles around the trunk so that the water can slowly be absorbed.

6. Stabilize the tree - Many small trees or saplings may have to be supported so that they won't fall over and the trunks will grow upright.

7. Sit back and relax, and watch your tree grow.

8. Remember, planting a tree (and other landscaping) can be rewarding as well as adding value to your home.

While we would like to be able to help - please do not call our office regarding landscaping ideas or what trees to choose, because there are a large number of factors (including personal taste) which you must take in to account. We are a wholesale business and not in the landscaping industry. Do all your necessary homework (that's half the fun) and then call us to place orders or check availability. We try to keep our phone lines available for orders and order-related availability questions only.

To ask about shipping, please email and we usually answer all emails within 24 hours.

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Planting a bare root shrub

Do you know how to plant a bare root shrub? Do you even know what a bare root shrub is? A bare root shrub is a plant that has been dug out of the ground just before being shipped, instead of being grown in a flower pot. The plant generally comes with a burlap sack around the root ball. But how do you plant them? Here are some simple instructions.


1. Location - Determine your planting area. This includes where the plant is going to be placed and the plants surrounding area. You should also take note of any electrical wires, sewage lines, or gas pipes that may be under your selected area. Also determine the amount of water, sun, and space the plant will need and assure the chosen location is a good fit for the shrub you choose.

2. Determine the right plant - Next you should find what shrub that you will put in the area. This means you must find what will grow and thrive in that specific area, and then choose what you want from your list of plants that will live in that spot. The things that should be taken in to consideration when picking a plant include the shrubs maximum size, soil ph levels, fertilizer, sunlight, and water consumption.

3. Go shopping- Look around at different sellers of the plant to see who has the best prices for quality shrubs. Save some time by choosing TN Nursery because we sell at wholesale prices, directly to the public.

4. Check your plant over - Once you get your plant, check it over. Things that you should look for include insects, cracks or breaks, dead leaves, and serious yellowing of the leaves. These may indicate that the plant may be dying or at risk of dying. Our plants are guaranteed, so this is another reason to choose TN.

5. Planting-To plant your shrub dig a hole that is twice the size of the root ball. Insert the shrub and proper fertilizer. Then fill the area around the plant with dirt. Next your plant should be watered.

6. Sit back, relax, and watch your plant grow.

This can be very rewarding with just a little hard work.

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Planting a bare root Perennial plant


Are you interested in planting some bare root perennial plants? Or do you even know what a bare root perennial plant is? A bare root perennial is a perennial plant that has been grown is the ground and not a pot, and is dug up the day of shipment. Usually their roots are placed in a burlap bag that keeps them fairly moist for transport. But do you know how to plant them? Here are some simple instructions on planting them. Spacing needs to be 12" to 4 feet


1. Selecting the area- Determine where your flower bed, hedge, small natural area is going to be, that is the first question. Once this has been determined you should note where you want plants and those areas qualities. Some of the qualities that should be noted are sunlight, water levels, ph levels, and type of soil.

2. Selecting a Plant- Next you should do some research on what plants can live and thrive in those conditions. Then from that list of plants, simply select the ones that you like the most. Our site, including our blog, can help you make your decision. You can also check out the USDA Planting Zones to determine what zone you reside in and which plants will thrive.

3. Shopping-The third thing to do is to shop around for the best value plant you can find. If you don't you may be paying too much. We know that if you shop around, you'll find our prices can't be beat.

4. Checking the Plant- As soon as you get your plant, check it over. The plant may have signs that it is unhealthy. Signs that include insect infestation, dead limbs, large amounts of yellowing leaves, and breaks in the plant. Once again, if you buy from TN Nurnery, you should not experience these problems!

5. Planting- In order to plant your new perennial you must first dig a hole twice the size of the plants root ball. Insert the plant and fertilizer (it should have fertilizer added) and fill in the hole. Immediately water the plant.

6. Watch your plant grow and thrive in its new home. (Don't forget to water regularly)

By following these few simple steps you can have great perennials to enjoy year after year in no time.

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Planting bare root ground cover

Does your yard or flowerbed need some ground cover? Or are you planning a new flower bed that will make use of a groundcover's ability to spread? Either way, have you considered using a bare root ground cover? A bare root ground cover is a ground cover plant that was grown in a field instead of in a flower bed. These plants are dug up right before they are sent to your house. The roots are generally wrapped on a burlap sack to help retain moisture. Do you know how to plant these kinds of plants? Here are some helpful tips.


1. First you must determine where your plant or new flowerbed is going. This means to also take in to account that there may be underground wires or pipes in the area. You should also survey the areas general growing qualities which include the amount of sunlight (shade, full, partial), water amounts, soil ph levels, and the kind of soil that is present.

2. Picking a ground cover - Then take the qualities that you have organized for the location of your plant, and use them to narrow down what plants will live in that kind of zone. Once you know what plants will live there you can pick which ones you like the most.

3. Shopping - Wait! Don't just buy the first plant you see! Shop around; look for who has the best value on a quality plant.

4. Getting your plant- Once you've got your plant check it over for dead spots. The list of things that generally mean a damaged plant include insect infestation, dead parts, severely yellowing leaves, and other serious signs. If any of these are present, contact your dealer.

5. Planting your purchase - In order to plant your new ground cover you must dig a hole twice the size of the plants root ball. Then insert the plant into the hole add fertilizer and fill in the hole. Immediately water the plant.

Sit back and marvel as your plant thrives in its new home.

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Planting bare root wetland plants

Do you know how to plant a bare root wetland plant? A wetland plant is a plant that is either grown in the water or around the edge of the water (swamps are included). A "bare root" plant is a plant that has been grown in a field or in this case a pond or similar environment and dug out the day of shipment. These plants are a little bit more difficult to plant but can be done with a little care. Here are some simple instructions:


1. First you must determine where your pond, wetland area, or individual plant is going to be placed. The area that you select should be surveyed for certain qualities such as water levels (if it is just a wetland), soil moisture, sunlight, ph levels, and other contributing factors.

2. Selecting your plant - The next thing to do is to select what plants can grow in that specific area. From that list of plants you should pick a plant to buy.

3. Go Shopping! - Make sure that you don't just go and buy the first plant you see. Look around until you find a good deal (check out TN Nursery for the best deals).

4. Plant health - Inspect the plant for damage. The list of damage includes insect infestations, breaks or tears in the plant, massive amounts of yellowing, and any other serious damage signs.

5. Planting - For the wetland plants dig a hole twice the size of the plants root ball. The plant should be placed in the hole with fertilizer and then filled in, water immediately afterwards. For pond plants a simple burying of the root into the mud will be sufficient.

6. Sit back and relax, and watch your plants grow.


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Planting Live Stakes

Live stakes, like all plants, need soil, water, and sunlight. The best species to use for live stakes are willows and red osier dogwood, because they are easy to grow and have excellent root strength. Black cottonwood can also be used, but cuttings from this species do not grow as consistently well. Live stakes should be planted in areas that will remain moist throughout the growing season, such as along the water line on stream banks or in wetlands. Follow the instructions below to make and plant your own live stakes.


  1. Cut stakes from long, upright branches taken off the parent plant. Typically, lives stakes should be between 18 and 24 inches long and at least three-eighths of an inch in diameter. Follow the guidelines suggested in the ethics of plant collection (below).
  2. Make a straight cut at the narrow end of the stake (toward the tip of the branch). At the thicker end (toward the trunk) cut the branch at an angle, so that it makes a point. This way you will know which end is up and it will also be easier to drive the stakes into the ground. It is important to plant live stakes with the correct end in the ground; otherwise they will die.
  3. Remove the leaves and small branches from the stakes as soon as possible after cutting them, to keep the stakes from drying out.
  4. Dip the top (blunt cut, narrow end) 2-3 inches of the stakes in latex paint immediately after they are cut. The paint not only marks which end is up, it also seals the exposed cut end and helps prevent drying and cracking. You can also use different colors of paint to color code different species of cuttings, planting times, and other treatments. The paint will also make the stakes visible once they are planted so people won't trip over them.
  5. Plant your stakes within 24 hours for best results. In the meantime, keep them moist or wet in buckets or wet burlap sacks. On hot days, keep them in the shade until you plant them.
  6. Soak or dip the bottom ends of cuttings in a solution of plant rooting hormone before planting to speed up growth (you don't need to use rooting hormone for most willows or red osier dogwood. These species have incipient root buds ready to go and will root immediately.)
  7. Drive the stakes into the stream bank or wetland soil at least one foot deep (the deeper the better). Leave three to six inches above ground surface so they can sprout leaves. At first, the stakes will survive by rooting, but eventually leaves will sprout from the exposed end of the stakes.
  8. Drive stakes into the ground with a rubber mallet to avoid damaging them. Use a planting bar or length of rebar to start the hole in hard soils.
  9. Use long stakes at least one-half inch in diameter when planting in riprap (rocks). The longer, thicker stakes will survive heating and drying better than smaller diameter cuttings.
  10. Use longer stakes and leave one-foot sticking above the ground if the stake will be shaded by surrounding vegetation. If a willow stake gets too much shade, it will drop its new leaves and die. If the area you are planting will be heavily shaded, use a more shade-tolerant riparian species such as salmonberry. Bear in mind, however, that salmonberry stems dry out more easily.
  11. Keep the whips! (The slender twigs snipped off during stake cutting.) Whips will grow nicely if they are planted in very moist areas at the edges of streams and wetlands. Push them into the ground as far as they will go without breaking.

The best time to plant live stakes is during the dormant season. In western Washington for example, this is roughly from the beginning of November through the end of February, although live stakes planted in October and March will flourish almost as well. Live stakes can also be planted during the growing season, especially at sites that will remain moist, although survival rates will be lower. Plant live stakes whenever you can; any that die can easily be replaced during the dormant season.