Plant Care Information

Watering Guidelines

Trees & Shrubs

Place the garden hose at the base of the tree or shrub. Turn water on so that it is trickling from the end of the hose. Too much water pressure will cause the water to run off instead of soaking into the plant root ball. For specific amount of time and frequency of watering, please see the detailed instructions.

Perennials & Ornamental Grasses

Use the shower setting on the hose sprayer. Water by hand, showering the top of each plant. For specific amount of time and frequency of watering, please see the detailed instructions.

Sod

It is best to use a sprinkler or irrigation system to water the location. If it is only a small area of sod, watering may be done using the shower setting on the sprayer. For specific amount of time and frequency of watering, please see the detailed instructions.


Reminder: Before watering any plants, always check the soil moisture level. This is done by removing the mulch layer and feeling the soil two inches down. If the soil is still wet, hold off on watering and check back again in a day. If the soil is dry, think about increasing the length of time you are watering. Remember, too much water can be just as harmful as not enough. Rain does not count as water for new trees and shrubs.


Detailed Instructions

Shade, Evergreen, & Ornamental Trees

Examples: Spruce, Pine, Maple, Pear, Linden, Crabapple

Watering: Newly installed trees need 1 hour of water 1 time per week, for a minimum of 5 weeks. Must be enough water to thoroughly soak the root ball, plants must dry out between watering.

Care: In late November soak all Evergreens once thoroughly for 1 hour. If we have a hot and dry summer, water all trees once every 2-3 weeks.

Maintain: Apply two applications of a well balanced fertilizer in April and May. Miracid fertilizer may be used on Evergreens. Evergreens & Shade trees only require selective pruning as needed. Ornamental trees can tolerate a light shape or trim after it has flowered.

Deciduous, Evergreen & Broadleaf Shrubs

Examples: Viburnum, Spirea, Rose, Hicks Yew, Boxwood, Azalea

Watering: Newly installed shrubs need 10 minutes of water 1 to 2 times per week, for a minimum of 5 weeks. Must be enough water to thoroughly soak the root ball, plants must dry out between watering.

Care: In late November soak all Evergreens once thoroughly for 10 minutes. If we have a hot and dry summer, water all trees once every 2-3 weeks.

Maintain: Apply two applications of a well balanced fertilizer in April and May. Miracid fertilizer may be used on Evergreens & Broadleafs. Evergreens should receive a light trim in early spring and again at the end of June to early July for additional shaping. Broadleaf shrubs only require selective pruning as needed and is best done in late June to early July. Deciduous shrubs should always be trimmed following the completion of the flower period.

Perennials, Ornamental Grasses, & Groundcover

Examples: Coneflower, Maiden Grass, Vinca, Pachysandra

Watering: Newly installed plants need water once a day for 3 weeks. For the next two weeks, water every other day. This should be done by hand as to hit each individual plant with enough water to soak the root system.

Care: Each plant may have specific needs. Please consult our office with any specific directions. Perennials & grasses may be cut down in early spring or late fall.

Maintain: Fertilize in April, May & June. Some perennials benefit from deadheading, but is not required with most.

New Sod

When watering sod, do not allow water to overspray on plants. Water immediately upon installation. Water as to overlap each section to reduce chance of missed areas. Be sure adequate water reaches the edges and corners as these tend to dry out the quickest. Water until sod is completely rooted (will take about 3 weeks).

First week: Water 3 times a day hitting each section for 30 minutes

Second week: Water 2 times a day hitting each section for 30 minutes

Third week: Water 1 time per day hitting each section for 30 minutes

After rooted: Water heavily 1 time per week at approximately 1 hour per section (about 2" of water)

Cut the lawn 2.5" - 3" high after the sod has been down for 10 days with push mower. Do not water 9th day so ground is firm. Water heavily after mowing. Wait 5-6 weeks before using rider mower.


Warranty...

Trees & shrubs are guaranteed 100% for one year with one replacement. Perennials, groundcover, ornamental grasses, and sod are not covered under warranty. Please consult our office if there is an issue with these plants.

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