Garden Maintenance

Watering:

Improper water during the first year is the #1 cause of plant failure. New plants need time to develop their root systems
Water when the ground is dry but never in completely dry soil. Very few plants should be in wet soil 100% of the time; Therefore, watering must be adjusted to the type of soil & weather you have.

 

1.  Don’t just sprinkle the plant leaves with water the they drink through the root system.Water at base of the plant and make sure you do it long enough so the water goes down 3 inches or more. Shallow watering will encourage the roots to reach up for the water causing a shallow root system which can kill the plant of the winter season.

 

2. Completely soak the plant immediately after installing. Use a slow-trickling hose placed over the root-ball for 1/2 hour for shrubs, and up to 1 hour for trees.
3. Mulch around your plants to hold the moisture in. Watering should be continued for the first year until the ground freezes for the
winter.
4. A common misunderstanding is that if it just rained it should be enough but you will find that even if it downpours the soil may still be dry. Remember to water 2-3 times a week during droughts.
3. Mulch around your plants to hold the moisture in. Watering should be continued for the first year until the ground freezes for the
winter.

 

5.  Depend on temperature, soil conditions, rainfall, wind and humidiy 1-2 waterings a week from spring to fall should be sufficient.
When the soil is moist to a depth of 4-6”, it is generally enough. Try not to over-water.

Fertilizing:

1. You can use a root starter when you plant.
2. For established trees & shrubs, a heavy feeding in early spring (April) and a light
feeding in late fall (November) of a slow-release granular fertilizer.

3.Do not apply any fertilizer from August through October on shrubs and trees.

4. Use Miracle-Gro on the annuals during the growing season.

5. Common fertilizers are 10-10-10 or Hollytone. Ask at your local nursery what is best for your plantings.

 

Insect & Disease Control:

Protect you investment and keep an eye on  your plant  for disease or insect damage.Winter Protection:

 To protect you  broad-leaf evergreens such as Rhododendrons, Apply Wilt-Pruf (an anti-transpirant) in November (and re-apply again in February) according to label directions.