- 1). Prepare the planting area by removing all weeds from within a 2-foot radius. Dig into the soil with the shovel or a long-handled gardening fork and turn and crush it. Place a 3-inch layer of compost on the soil and mix it into the top 8 inches of soil.
- 2). Dig a hole that is twice as wide as the shrub rose's rootball and the same depth at which it has been growing. You can determine this by looking for a soil ring around the lower portion of the main cane. Use the gardening fork to lightly scrape the sides and bottom of the planting hole.
- 3). Pour some soil into the hole and use your hands to create a small hill, or mound, that is tall enough to allow the roots, when the rootball is placed on top of the mound, to just graze the soil at the bottom of the hole. Place the rootball on top of the hole and use your fingers to spread the roots so they are hanging over the sides of the mound.
- 4). Fill the hole halfway with soil and then fill it completely with water. When the water drains, finish filling the planting hole with soil. Use your hands or feet to lightly press the soil around the base of the shrub rose.
- 5). Water the shrub rose slowly and deeply, until the soil is saturated. When it drains, pack the soil 6 inches up the main stem of the plant. The soil should remain in place for the first two weeks after planting, then wash it away with water from the hose.
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