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Watering Instructions

On every project, we strive to give your plants every chance for success. All that is required from you is to water. We have prepared these instructions for you to use as a guide, but you are always welcome to call us with any questions you may have.

Trees and Large Shrubs
Water weekly by setting the end of the hose at the base of the plant and turning the water on to just a slow, steady, trickle (allowing a deep watering of their large root systems). Water each plant approximately 20-25 gallons (sometimes 20-30 minutes at slow trickle is necessary).

Small Shrubs (under 4 feet)
Water three times weekly, approximately 2 gallons per plant.

Perennials and Grasses
Water three times weekly, approximately 1 gallon per plant.

Groundcovers and Annuals
Water daily for the first week, three times weekly for the second week, and beyond that approximately 1/2 gallon per plant per week.

Water daily until you can no longer pull the sod free from the ground. Check the sod as you are watering to see if the water has penetrated all the way through each piece. Be careful when using a sprinkler that all areas are watered evenly.

Water only after a good rain has soaked the ground. Water as necessary to keep the area from becoming excessively dry. Cut only after grass is sufficiently rooted (mower will suck small seedlings out of the ground).

General Notes on Watering:
Use the Finger Test - pull mulch aside at the base of the plant you are checking and push your finger down into the soil (the soil should be evenly moist). Repeat for a few different kinds of plants and locations.

It is best not to use a hose with a spray nozzle on the end as these constrict flow, requiring longer watering. While spray nozzles are not recommended, watering wands with breakers are nice, especially for annuals and delicate perennials.

Hot weather is deadly to new plants! Water more as needed.

Winter watering is sometimes required on some evergreens (especially in windy or very sunny locations). Antidessicants (Wiltpruf) are often a good idea for fall planted evergreens.

Always be on the lookout for signs of pests or plants that look different (yellowing, wilting, etc.). Never feel that any question you might have is a dumb one! Feel free to call! Enjoy your garden!