Plant Care Instructions

 

Listed below are a few suggestions to help maintain your new landscape. We have carefully chosen the finest growers available and inspected the plant material to assure you that your new plants are healthy and free of disease. Now, we want to help you keep it that way and to grow it to maturity.

The first months or so are the most critical for your new plants. It is during this time that proper watering is most important to the establishment of newly plant trees, shrubs and perennials. It is essential that the following instructions be completed so as not to void the warranty.

WATERING


Trees and Shrubs with Gator Bags:

Fill the bags every 2 days in hot weather and every 3-4 days in cool weather.


B&B Trees and Shrubs:

Thoroughly soak every 2 days in hot weather and every 4 days in cool weather.
Container Trees, Shrubs and Perennials- Thoroughly soak every 2 days in hot weather and every 4 days in cool weather.


Sod and Annuals:

Water daily after installation for 30 days. In extremely hot weather, sod may need to be watered 2 times a day (early morning and late evening). Sod should be soaking wet to prevent the edges from drying out.

Weather and soil conditions determine how much water your plants require, common sense should prevail. If you are unsure first check soil moisture 6” deep then please call us to discuss your questions. Excessive watering can cause root loss and death of plant. Water plants at a rate where the water can be absorbed. High volume watering of plants results in runoff. Slow water applications can be absorbed into the soil.

FERTILIZER


Fertilizing at planting time is not recommended. Instead, use a root stimulator. Begin a regular feeding program the next growing season with an appropriate fertilizer.

MULCHING


If mulching was included in the planting, no additional mulch should be required until the following year. At that time it may be necessary to add some mulch to the thin spots or a thin top dressing of 1-2”. This is important to all plants since mulching reduces evaporation, lowers soil temperature and helps prevent competitive weed growth. If our planting did not include mulching, we recommend that 3” of mulch be applied. This will save a lot of weeding time and help the plant growth.

SPRAYING


You plants will be insect and disease free when planted. If in the future the plants need to be treated for any insects or diseases problems do not hesitate to give us a call if you need help choosing the right formula or program.

PRUNING


Almost all shrubs and trees can be pruned when dormant; usually in late winter just before spring growth begins. The exceptions to this are forsythia, lilac, flowering dogwood and some other spring flowering plants. Pruning at any other time may result in loss of flower buds and hence, no flowers. If you have questions on what or when to prune just give us a call or email.

Since soil and light conditions vary greatly from area to area, it is impossible to set specific maintenance standards. You must use common sense in the maintenance of you specific material.


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