Proper Watering Is Critical To The Success Of Your Landscape

Watering Instructions For New Plants

 The frequency and amount of water to apply depends on a variety of factors including temperature, season, soil consistency, root system and soil.

Plant Watering

We recommend using a hand-held hose without a nozzle when watering your plants. Each plant must be watered individually. It is best to allow the water to soak into the base of each shrub or tree. A quick watering by spraying plants from a distance with a hose spray nozzle is not effective.

TIP | Large trees are most effectively watered with a device called a Gator Bag. See - Gator “Bag Watering Instructions” for details.

Automatic sprinkler systems will need to be supplemented by hand watering during the first year establishment period of your trees, plants & shrubs. Supplemental hand watering during drought or drier periods is recommended after the establishment period.

Amount to water

Water the base of each plant for two minutes, or until you see an excessive amount of water running off of the base. Remember large trees have a deep root ball and require a through soaking.

Frequency to water

First growing season: Water your plants two or three times a week for the first 2 months and during dry weather. Depending on the amount of rainfall, spring and fall usually require less watering.

Second growing season (trees and shrubs): You should not have to water unless there is a two-or three-week dry spell.

Emergency Watering

Water immediately if you notice wilting. Leaf curling and drooping are signs of dehydration. Late Fall / Winter- All plants should be watered once in the late fall before the ground freezes. Any additional late fall or winter watering will ensure there is enough moisture available throughout the winter months.

Overwatering & Poor Drainage

Wilted leaves most often signal dehydration, they can also signal root-rot, a disease set off by over-watering. To prevent this, water according to our guidelines. If wilting persists, examine the ground conditions. Heavy soils such as clay or rock, and areas with a slight grade, or slope, often collect water and trigger root-rot if watered too heavily.

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