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PROPER WATERING TECHNIQUES

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ORNAMENTAL & SHADE TREES (EVERGREEN OR DECIDUOUS)

Newly installed trees need 1 hour of water once a week for 3 weeks.  Watering should be done with a standard hose set at a slow trickle.  Three holes should be made around the root ball.  Each hole must be a minimum of 3 inches in depth.  Use a broom handle to help make the holes.  Set the hose in each hole rotating it as needed for the hour.   This will make sure the entire root ball will get a good soaking.  Before watering always check the soil moisture level using the holes created.  If the soil is still wet, hold off on watering and check back in a day or two.  If the soil is dry, continue to water.  Monitor the new tree for the remainder of the season and through the following Summer.  Evergreen trees need a good soaking in late Fall to hold them through the Winter.  Check our blog on Signs Of Heat Stressed Plants for more details.

EVERGREEN, BROADLEAF, AND DECIDUOUS SHRUBS

Newly installed shrubs need 10 minutes each, once a week, for 3 weeks.  Watering should be done with a standard hose set at a slow trickle.  Place the hose right at the base of the shrub.   Before watering always check the soil moisture level by digging down knuckle depth.   If the soil is still wet, hold off on watering and check back in a day or two.  If the soil is dry, continue to water.  Monitor the new shrub for the remainder of the season and through the following Summer.  Evergreen shrubs need a good soaking in late Fall to hold them through the Winter.  Check our blog on Signs Of Heat Stressed Plants for more details.

PERENNIALS, ORNAMENTAL GRASSES, AND GROUNDCOVERS

Newly installed perennials need water twice a day.  This should be done by hand to make sure each individual plant gets enough water to soak the root system.  This should be done for the first three weeks.  Then watering can be cut back to once a day for another two weeks.  A hose with a sprayer attachment on the shower setting works best.  Before watering always check the soil moisture level by digging down a few inches.  If the soil is still soaked, hold off on watering and check back the following day.  If the soil is dry, continue to water.  Monitor the new perennials for the remainder of the season and through the following Summer.