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Mulching, staking, pruning and fertilizing

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Shrub with stake.
Photo: Jardin botanique de Montréal (Lise Servant)  

Mulch

In spring, turn over the mulch to restore its original colour. Add extra mulch if necessary to ensure that it is thick enough.

Staking

Check and adjust any stakes. Remove them if they are no longer needed.

Pruning

At planting time, only dead, diseased, broken or crossing branches should be removed. After that, different kinds of pruning can be done.

Fertilizing

Trees and shrubs do not need to be fertilized at planting time, unless they have been damaged or show any signs of weakness.

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