When planting flowers and other container grown plants in your yard:

  1. Dig a hole the right size for the plant.
  2. Add compost, fertilizer, or other amendments to the soil around the plant.
  3. Add water to the hole BEFORE planting the plant in it.
  4. Plant the plant in the hole, forming a small basin around it to hold water.
  5. Water the plant again after planting it.

Watch the video above to find out more.


Danny Lipford: Well Tricia, this is working out pretty good. I’ll keep bringing the plants, and you keep planting them.

Tricia Craven Worley: Thanks for your help, Danny.

Danny: Now, how can you really go wrong with planting plants like this? I mean they seem very healthy, but you put them in the ground, you’ve got soil. Any problem with that?

Tricia: Well, you can put them straight into the ground, but you know there are ways to give them a little bit of a head start. And one thing that I like to do is after digging the hole the right size, I put in a little amendment; or, in this instance, a little compost just to give a little bit of nutrition.

Danny: I see.

Tricia: And then I put some water, right now.

Danny: Water it before you even plant it.

Tricia: Absolutely. If you take a look at this primrose, you can see its leaves are a little bit wilty.

Danny: It is kind of sad looking, isn’t it.

Tricia: It is. So when I put this in the soil, it’s going to get the water into the roots immediately.

Danny: Okay, well that makes sense.

Tricia: And what happens with a lot of gardeners is you get involved, and you think well, I’ll go back and water it at the end of the day.

Danny: Right. Easy to forget.

Tricia: Easy to forget, and that sometimes at that point it’s a little bit too late. So how I finished it off is I water it right now, right when I put it in this space. And then something else that I always like to do is give it just a little bit of a basin. See what I’m doing here with the trowel?

Danny: Similar to what you would do with planting a full tree.

Tricia: Correct. Just a little bit of an area where when you pour the water there, it’s going to catch it and give it a little bit more time to sit.

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Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio, TodaysHomeowner.com, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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