Planting Instructions | The Living Urn

The Living Urn

Planting Instructions

Below please find step-by-step planting instructions for The Living Urn® with your tree or shrub. As always, if you have any questions prior to, during, or after planting, feel free to reach us at or by phone at (800) 495-7022 ext. 0. - we're here to help!

  1. Receiving Your Tree or Shrub: Try to plant your Seedling as soon as possible once you receive it.
  2. Prepare Your Tree or Shrub: Unpack your tree or shrub and carefully remove all packing materials. Carefully remove the plastic pot the tree came in. This can be done by cupping your hand softly on the root base (where the little tree trunk and soil meet) to catch and hold the loose soil in place while slowly tipping the tree and pot over. Next, gently pry the roots and attached soil from the small pot. DO NOT pull the root system apart instead very gently loosen it up to allow the root system to stretch without damaging any of the roots. Carefully clip away any broken or damaged tips and branches that may have occurred during transit or while waiting for planting.    
  3. Prepare the Hole: Make sure the location you choose for the tree or shrub is away from any structure. Dig a hole, wider than seems necessary, so the roots can grow outward without crowding. The hole should be at least 3 feet wide in diameter and about 12 inches deep. Remove any grass within a 3-foot circular area. To aid root growth, make sure the soil is turned in the area up to 3 feet in diameter.
  4. Prepare The Living Urn®: Remove The Living Urn’s BioUrn® from the bamboo case. Remove the paper label from the BioUrn® and take the top off (you will no longer need the top of the BioUrn®). Carefully and slowly pour the cremated remains into the bottom of the BioUrn® (if this wasn't already done beforehand). Next, pour the entire bag of RootProtect® ash neutralizing agent on top of the cremated remains (this is found in the Bronze Bag). Gently press on the ash agent to compact it but not too tight.
  5. Prepare the Soil: Purchase some organic soil mix that does not contain any fertilizer and mix it with the original soil from the hole. Set this soil off to the side as it will be used in the upcoming steps to fill the remaining space in The Living Urn® on top of the RootProtect® ash agent.
  6. Plant The Living Urn® and Tree (or Shrub)
  1. Water: Next, water the tree or shrub and surrounding area generously. For the first 4 to 6 weeks, you may need to water every 2 to 3 days, adjusting for deep rainfall days. In making the decision to water, if in doubt, pull some of the soil back from the root area (going down about 5 inches and away from the tree about 4 to 6 inches. If the soil is dry, water. If the soil is moist to wet, check the following day. Be sure to put the soil back after each check.
  2. Add Mulch: After the water has soaked in, spread protective mulch about three inches deep in a 3-foot diameter area around the base of the tree or shrub, but not touching the trunk. We provide wood chips but you will likely need some additional wood chips or shredded bark to cover the entire area adequately. Mulch is a newly planted tree's best friend so use plenty. 
  3. Tree / Shrub Care: The soil and mulch around your tree or shrub should be kept moist but not soggy. During dry weather in the Summer, water the tree every few days during the first two years. The water should soak into the soil and mulch – you want water to reach the depth of the roots. Avoid watering so much that you see standing water.

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