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Watering Instructions
Plants like a good WEEKLY watering.

DON'T water, if it RAINS
Quality rain events (about half-inch) count as a watering. Shorter rainfalls may only moisten the mulch, missing the roots.

ONCE A WEEK is all they need, except:

SUNNY, DRY location?
Apply more water, more often to exposed, unshaded plants. Full Sun is intense.
or -

Over 90 DEGREES (32C) out?
Apply more water, more often as needed.
- or -

Under 60 DEGREES (16C) out?
Apply less water, less often.

How about SECOND YEAR & beyond?
Reduce by half each year. Pay attention mainly when it's HOT out - don't let anything cook too long - water ALL plants.

Ignore that last paragraph.

Hand Watering Method, with hose:
- 30 seconds to 3 minutes, varying by size.
- Fill tree-ring area gently.
- Low-pressure with an open hose.
- Better: wide-mouth soaker nozzle.

Avoid overwatering!
Plants getting watered too often, and for weeks on end, may suffer root rot.
Over-watered plants do look kind of like under-watered plants. Wilting or color change can occur either way. If watering has failed, go dry for 2 weeks. It may pick up.

New plantings may shed leaves.
Going from the care of a nursery to an exposed planting (more sun), plants may go into 'shock'. Usually temporary; maintain water and wait for the plant to get comfortable. Often it will re-leaf, even late in season.

Problems may not be watering-related.
Disease, fungus, or insects may visit upon your plants anytime, anywhere.
Try a plant care formula from your local home store. We recommend Bayer Advanced 3-in-1 Insect, Disease & Mite Control. Spray on foliage, as needed, to keep issues in check.

If Stage 2 Watering Restrictions come back, watering is allowed, just more difficult.
Watering by a can or bucket will be allowed as long as water comes from inside the house, reclaimed water or rain barrels."

Filling a big watering can in the tub is fast.
Private wells almost always allowed.
Water only 5-15" from stem, at the roots.
Diligent watering will keep plants alive.

Plants will like a new layer of mulch after about two years. 2" to 3" is good.

Keep mulch from piling up against the stem of the plant (bug/rot invasion route).

In addition to retaining moisture, mulch keeps the roots cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

A1Plantings have slow-release fertilizer tablets. They condition soil to just right in 2 years. Please, no additional fertilizer for 2 years.

Fertilization is very optional after a plant is established. Plants will respond to regular water and nutrients with faster growth, more fullness, and more blooming.

If you add fertilizer, commit to a heavier watering schedule, to prevent scorching.

Rule-of-thumb: Winter is safest time, before healing Spring growth. Specifics:
Blooms in spring from buds on one-year-old wood (Dogwood, flowering fruit trees), prune after flowers fade.
Blooms in summer/fall on current year's growth (Crape Myrtle, Rose of Sharon, Knockouts), prune in winter.
Conifers (needle trees such as pine, cedar and hemlock), remove whole branches back to the trunk, anytime. Or hedge.
Keep lower branches on the trunks of larger trees for a year to protect against sun-scald.

Weeds are unavoidable. Weeds WILL appear, especially in newly mulched areas.
Pre-empt weeding work by killing grass before planting date. Apply Roundup (or other Glycophosphate) to the grass. May take up to 10 days to appear dead.
Hint: Before spraying, a garden hose can shape a planting area.
Perhaps trace the area with paint
to make sprayings accurate.

Helpful Links
Each plant has links to IMAGES & FACTS.
Try links at right, to open
DEODAR info.
Try links below, to open GENERAL info.

Link to a unique GOOGLE IMAGES, tailored to that plant. Google finds 100s of images of how a plant could look. Consider the first rows.

Link to a plant Fact Sheet. We use best cultivar, species, or family match.
We link to NCSU when possible, as they are a local (southern) authority.
Home pages:


Source Info
GROWER's are detailed lists of Retail Prices, along with some extra details.

'more' or 'like-size' ~~~
Sometimes additional plants are added. Click each IMAGES link to compare these similarly-sized plants.

Sample Plant
DEODAR CEDAR Cedrus deodara
Deodar Cedar (Cedrus deodara)
Plant anywhere from full sun to part shade.
Sun to Part Shade
Height: 50-70' Spread: 30-40'
Ornamental tree thrives in the heat. Bluish-green.
Needle-like foliage branches to the ground.
Source Info
Retail Price
7 gallon
Grower Seven
15 gallon (May)
25 gallon (June)
Top - Index - HELP - other Cedar

Height / Spread = ULTIMATE plant dimensions
Size = CURRENT plant (see FAQ)
Retail Price = Delivered Price
Planted = Retail Price + A1Planting Service
B&B = Balled & Burlapped
SS = Standard = Single Stem
MS = Multi-Stem
TF = Tree Form, lower limbs removed
Roll over icons for descriptions:
prefers a Sunny location. This can be as little as 3 hours of midday sun plant anywhere from Full Sun to Part Sun to Part Shade plant anywhere from Full Sun to Shade prefers a Partly Shady location prefers a Partly Shady to Shady location prefers a Shady location

Pots versus Balled and Burlapped (B&B) Primer

these pots are typical. Arizona Cypress (far left) are narrow plants
10, 20 & 25 gallon pots; pot cart

this B&B not measured by caliper (due to multi-trunk). This specimen sold by height
B&B in a one-ton cart

Pots are container-raised plants. All plants sold by the 'gallon' are pots.
Trees2Go prefers and recommends pots. They are a better overall option.

The Positives:
Pots are much easier to handle than B&B.
Roots are undamaged; plant will grow faster.
The success rate will be higher.
Good availablility of most plants, any size.

The Negatives:
Potted plants are generally not as full (filled out) as same-height B&B.
Large pots with great stature CAN start to get very expensive.

Pots are getting better, more fuller.
Many growers are adopting POT-IN-POT systems, where plants enjoys more growing space between them >> with more room to spread out, they are wider and fuller. They are also straighter, given the level base.
Most of our sources have some P-N-P.

Pots are the common, best method.
Pots are everywhere. Trees2Go can source from many growers to find pots of all sizes, well beyond our regular

Maximum POT size: 100 gallons.
Estimated POT Dimensions
Height (range) Rootball
Width x
1 gallon 0-1' tall 6" x 6" 5 pounds
3 gallon 0-2' tall 11" x 8" 15#
5 gallon 1-4' tall 12" x 9" 30#
7 gallon 2-6' tall 13" x 11" 50#
10 gallon 3-8' tall 17" x 12" 70#
15 gallon 4-10' tall 16" x 16" 110#
20 gallon 5-12' tall 21" x 14" 150#
25 gallon 6-15' tall 22" x 17" 250#
45 gallon 7-18' tall 29" x 18" 400#
65 gallon 8-20' tall 30" x 22" 700#
Balled & Burlapped are grown directly in the ground, spread out in a field. Plants are dug-to-order, "balled" by a machine, "burlapped" to keep the rootball together, and wire-caged.

The Positives:
B&B are generally wider and fuller, as they enjoy more open space to grow.
B&B nurseries are large scale and cheaper to run, so plant prices are lower.

The Negatives:
applies to all B&B plantings.
Upon digging (or 'harvest'), a giant spade cuts 75% of roots. Plant will spend a lot of energy healing roots, less energy growing new branches & foliage.
B&B are heavier, due to large rootballs.
Most of the wire-cage and burlap will remain on the plant, buried below grade.
B&B are more finicky, with a lower survival rate than pots.
B&B should only be planted while dormant, just before spring. Risk of failure increases with hot weather.

January & February are best. Holly should only be planted in February.

Max B&B caliper (diameter of stem): 3"
Max B&B height (Evergreen): 8'
Estimated B&B Dimensions
Deciduous Plants
(measured at stem)
1.5" caliper
7-12' tall
22" x 16"
2" caliper
8-14' tall
26" x 20"
2.5" caliper
10-16' tall
30" x 24"
3" caliper
12-18' tall
34" x 28"
Evergreen Plants
(measured by height)
5' tall
22" x 16"
6' tall
26" x 20"
7' tall
30" x 24"
8' tall
34" x 28"

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Frequently Asked Questions

Plant Sizing: Caliper? Gallons? Tall?

Plants will arrive either in a pot or as B&B. Plants are priced by caliper, by gallons, or by initial height (tall).
CALIPER is the diameter of the trunk, measured 6" above ground. Mainly B&B.
GALLONS is the size of the plastic pot plants may arrive in.
TALL is from base of plant to tip (rootball does not count). Any plant may be listed this way.
Just above: Pots Vs B&B Primer

Can we plant this time of year?
Yes. any POT is OK, ANY time of year (except for frozen conditions). Generally, the BEST time is from October to early spring. Here in NC, roots grow year-round. If springtime, plant ASAP before the summer heat hits. If summertime, use LOTS of extra water. B&B is ONLY OK in January and February.

Help!!! I don't speak 'plant'

Why list by height in
and just Grower Two in
Trees & Shrubs are best selected by size, to fit the given space.
Flowers & More is best represented by our Grower Two. G2 is easily the most popular source for flowers+.

Why does ultimate height have a range?
Local environment affects
growth. Plants rarely reach ultimate height when planted in the open (they get wider instead). Very tall trees usually grow in a deep forest, reaching ever-higher for limited light.

Can I trust the plant quality?
Yes. Well-established, local sources. Quality plants, usually exceeding expectations, both in initial size and overall fullness. GUARANTEE

Am I limited to the plants on site?
No. In addition to posted SOURCES, we can search more wholesalers for you. We do not use lower-tier or distant sources.
If you find and bring home plants, we can install CUSTOMER-SUPPLIED-PLANTS.

Why a fee for a comsultation?
Time, and fairness. We take people's landscape seriously, and we want folks to be serious with us. Considering our PROCESS, a fee that applies to order is very fair.
$75 fee applies 100% to $500 order
$75 fee pro-rated from $200 to $500
$200 minimum planting order if no VISIT

How do I select for deer resistance?
Open DEER as reference. Above Right

Who do we call to mark utility lines?
"1-call" ~ dial 811 ~ Free. Above Right

Guarantee vs. Warranty?
Pots are GUARANTEED to arrive healthy and of satisfactory quality.
A1Planting includes a WARRANTY, for coverage after installation.

Can delivered plants wait a few weeks before I get to planting?
Yes, but take good care. Rootballs are better off in the ground. Water every other day.
Hot out? protect from afternoon sun.

How do I plant?

Why are my plants wilting? I watered more, but they got worse.
Perhaps Overwatering. See info At Top

How do I control common plant diseases, like black spot and powdery mildew, and insect attack?
Try a plant care formula from your local home store. We recommend Bayer Advanced 3-in-1 Insect, Disease & Mite Control. Spray on foliage, as needed, to keep issues in check.

My row of Leyland Cypress are failing. What do I do?
Replant with GREEN GIANT ARBORVITAE. Giants stay full to the ground, do not get too wide, and are nearly as fast a grower.
It is a change-up; it may look odd; it is simply a better long-term plan.

This website sure has a lot of searches and links. Do people really use those?
Yes, and Trees2Go is the biggest user of all. We check availability, facts, and such all the time. Really, Mike optimized for Mike.

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Links on left side go to a page.
Links on right side OPEN a NEW PAGE.

go to or OPEN NEW
about ~ ABOUT
volume discounts ~ DISCOUNTS
guarantee ~ GUARANTEE
eastern triangle area ~ TRIANGLE
mileage fee ~ MILEAGE
membership links ~ LINKS
about the owners ~ OWNERS
process ~ PROCESS
mission statement ~ MISSION
why shop trees2go? ~ WHY T2G?
go to or OPEN NEW
services ~ SERVICES
planting description ~ DESCRIPTION
illustration of planting ~ ILLUSTRATION
planting warranty ~ WARRANTY
pricing method ~ PRICING
optional extras ~ OPTIONS
customer-supply-plants ~ SUPPLIED
weedblock installation ~ WEEDBLOCK
perimeter trenching ~ TRENCHING
weeding ~ WEEDING
drawing fee ~ DRAWING
tree staking ~ STAKING
card for gift plants ~ GIFT CARD
pinestraw & mulch & soil ~ MULCHING
why mulch? ~ WHY MULCH?
cut & remove ~ REMOVAL
hazardous tree work ~ HAZARDOUS
go to or OPEN NEW
trees & shrubs ~ T&S
search area ~ SEARCH
plant listings ~ LISTINGS
index ~ INDEX
flowers & more ~ F&M
plant listings ~ LISTINGS
other pages
help ~ HELP
gallery ~ GALLERY
sources ~ SOURCES
referrals ~ REFERRALS
testimonials ~ TESTIMONIALS
terms of service ~ TERMS
search results ~ SEARCH
grower two prices ~ GROWER 2
grower three prices ~ GROWER 3
grower four prices ~ GROWER 4
grower five prices ~ GROWER 5

B&B are HEAVY, but possible, for most homeowners.
Trees2Go will carefully deliver and place right at planting locations.
Two or three people can roll plant into hole. Careful, once in, very difficult to get out.
Use a lever (giant crowbar or stiff pipe) to assist with gettng plant to vertical.

Plant during the cooler seasons, so B&B will settle in and start rooting before the summer heat comes around.

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Deer Resistance Information
Detailed ratings chart. Created by Rutgers.
Lists of seldom, occasionally, and frequently deer damaged plants. Created by NCSU.
Just what they hate. Created by OutOutDeer.

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Mark Utilities
1-Call Utilities Locating: call 811, or ONLINE.
Free service to locate & mark wired utilities.
Usually completed within 72 hours.

Trees2Go will contact 811 on behalf of clients that option for planting.

Color Coded Paint (not permanent):
Blue = Water
Green = Sewer
Orange = Phone and cable
Red = Power
Yellow = Gas
Sprinkler & dog fence companies may be able to locate & mark their buried components.

Sorry, there are no schedules given for any utility. There are usually 2 or 3 separate people, marking up to 6 lines. They will paint at random times, usually up to 5 or so in the evening (ticket says 11:59pm).

Good ideas:
Mow lawn at same time as contact 811.
Have 811 mark entire property, not spots.
Take pictures for your records

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Design Strategy
A summary of ours ~ use as you will.

We strive for individual yards for everyone, aiming for 4-season interest, high energy, and low maintenance.

1. Start with the BIG QUESTIONS of how to treat your space. Want big play areas? more individual spaces? privacy fence? perhaps remove barriers?

Open TREES & SHRUBS list.
Plants sorted lin columns by foliage:
Deciduous on left
Evergreen on right
(loses foliage in fall)
(keeps foliage all year)

3. What Ultimate Height?
Trees & Shrubs are listed from LARGEST to
smallest. Pick size to fit the given space, and not overwhelm over time.
Scan the plants above & below your target size, to expand your search.

4. Consider Exposure
Check Sun and Cloud icons to make sure plants get enough light. 4 hours of direct light is enough for a full sun plant.
Most 'Part Shade' plants can go in full sun. Shade from late-day western sun is groovy.

5. About specimen plants . . don't load up on too much flash. Use plenty of more common, basic plants for framing. This will allow the truly beautiful to shine.

6. Now for smaller plants, FLOWERS are the jewelry of the plant world. They deliver great beauty, for at least a while each year. Plant some that bloom any-time-but-spring, to even out the interest.
Help with color? try COLOR WHEEL.
All colors are the friends of their neighbors and the lovers of their opposites. -Marc Chagall

7. We do like evergreen plants. They offer structure 365 days a year (deciduous are mighty important, too). Use enough evergreen to keep the treescape from going too bare (or 'skeletal') in winter.

8. Avoid the 'potluck effect' of having one each of every kind of plant. This can create a mish-mash of too many things going on. But don't leave out what you love.
Better to have higher quantities of less plant types. A large grouping or row of a single plant is strong.

9. Maybe leave room for annuals (planted by you). Just 2% to 10% of planting area is enough to really show off these small plantings. Look different every year. Any mistakes quickly fade to next year.
Entirely optional each season, shape the annuals bed so that, if you fail to plant, there is no yawning gap.
Note: Trees2Go sells no annuals, so they are customer-supplied only. We can PLANT for you, but that misses the point.

10. Talk to Mike. I make nursery calls, know where to find the best plants, and will make sure you get a nice collection.

Either of us can SEARCH Latin names you like for other available plants.

There is much more to designing, of course, but we hope this info lends some direction.

Working together, we are
Creating Treescapes of Distinction.

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More about this Business Model LLC is a homegrown business with roots in Raleigh.
We do own the Trees2Go Nursery at 4920 Mial Plantation Road, Raleigh NC 27610.
Sorry, nursery is not staffed for visitors. Website is our store.

Mike is webmaster, creating all content. I am always improving it, to present an ever-clearer picture of our quality operation.

Website serves 2 distinct markets: (do-it-yourselfers) and (have us get it done).

Prices are public, posted, and available for comparison. P
rices are same for all.
Discounts kick in as order grows.
No special deals, please.
Not OK with that? NO PLANTS FOR YOU!

I have yet to find another plant sales company that uses our unique logic:
1. Sort Trees & Shrubs by HEIGHT, plus Deciduous LEFT, Evergreen RIGHT.
Why? The act of scanning a list really assists with design ... and discovery. Other websites are alphabetical or by family.

2. Linking plants to FACTS & IMAGES.
Good information = informed decisions.

3. Posting SOURCE information.
We publish data from our growers, so everyone can check info.

I value website
COMMENTS --typographical errors, search issues, rants...
If you find a similar website (anywhere!), please let me know.

We hope you find this site valuable. Even if you never order, please spread the word about us. Thanks!

call: 919-266-7939 or e-mail:
4920 Mial Plantation Road, Raleigh, NC 27610
sorry, nursery is not staffed for visitors
~ website is our store

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