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Mulching, staking, pruning and fertilizing

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


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


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


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


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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