As many of you know, we just relocated and moved into our first house this past summer. We are slowly tackling one project at a time and boy it takes time. My front porch was in need of something, anything at that. I added some contact paper cut-outs to the windows next to the door for an inexpensive solution for privacy and that is all that’s been done.
We decided while Mom was up for a visit that we would finally run out and get some plants to go into the containers we had already purchased. Long story short after looking at the containers again they were huge and are going to have to be relocated to the back patio. With Mom’s help we loaded up two cars and off we all went to Home Depot to pick out two new pots and some various flowering plants (that was my intention of course).
I sure am glad that my husband tagged along for the trip because my ideas for the front porch were totally different from his and I ended up really liking what he and Mom came up with. We all decided on these beautiful Evergreens (Emerald Green Arborvitae) for $19.99 a piece. The pots were a little bit of a splurge at $59.99 but they are very heavy and give us the formal look we were going for.
We are lucky enough to have a surplus of pebbles for any project. If your not so lucky you will need to buy some rock or stones to add to the bottom of your pot to allow your soil to drain. These pots did not have holes for drainage as I did not want them to drain on my porch. Fill the bottom of the container with several large shovel scoops of rocks. Isn’t our little helper so cute? My kids love getting involved in projects, you can read more about Inspiring Children to DIY to learn more about the importance of involving kids in your projects.
This picture shows how much you want to have in the bottom of your container. And speaking of containers, make sure when choosing your container you choose one that is not too big or too small for the size of your root ball. It needs to fit in just right.
Next, fill with several scoops of potting mix. You will know you have enough when you set your tree in the pot and the rootball is level to the top of the pot.
This next step is called scoring the rootball . This rootball was not root bound, but if it is, you will be able to tell. You will see roots growing in a circle and you will need to score the rootball. You will do this by using a knife or box cutter and cutting in a vertical fashion.
Since this rootball was not root bound we scored it in order to loosen the dirt. However, we want to keep the rootball intact because if the majority of the dirt were to fall off, the tree would likely die.
After scoring the rootball, you will place the tree on top of the layers of rock and soil. As you can see in the picture above the rootball is level with the top of the container.
Generously water the rootball and the soil.
Fill the rest of the container with potting mix and pack it in very tightly.
Make sure you fill in all sides of the container. You may need to ditch the shovel and use a small cup or container.
Notice that the dirt is packed in tightly. We have watered the soil again and sprayed the entire tree a few times with the water hose.
Here is the finished product. Make sure you have the tree straight because once the roots begin to grow you do not want to break them by attempting to straighten the tree. Also, keep in mind Evergreens in pots do not have their roots protected by the ground so they need to be watered frequently especially in the winter. One last tip, I would suggest keeping your receipt and tags off of any shrubs or trees that you purchase. Most garden centers guarantee these plants for 6 months to a year.
And as always I forgot to take before pictures, but just imagine there was nothing here before and now this is the After. I made this wreath from some flowers from Joann’s Fabric Store and the door matt is from Target for $19.99. I feel we made a huge improvement, but we’re not done yet. The next thing on the Front Entry to-do list is to paint the door black, install a kick plate and maybe a nice little door knocker. We also want to add two black rockers to the porch that extends to the side of our front door and then we will call it finished.
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