Nothing is more fun than bringing home a new shrub or tree to add to your garden. When planting this new treasure, add a few hand fulls of compost to the bottom of the hole, then mix the existing soil with compost 50/50 to fill around the new planting, leave it a bit high. Top with a nice layer of compost, about 1″, carefully leaving the base of the planting exposed a bit and water, water, water.
Here are a few perennials and annuals, the same method of planting is used.
Every Spring and Fall it is best to put a good 2 inches of compost down in your flower beds, this will protect and feed your soil while acting as a bit of a weed barrier and help to retain moisture in the soil. The compost acts as a sponge, once saturated, the soil can take what it needs, each droplet of water contains beneficial microbes.