DECIDUOUS TREES: For the first 2 weeks you should water every other day for about 10-30 minutes, depending on size and type of tree, with a garden hose at half speed (split the total time between both sides of the root system). The root ball needs to remain moist but not drowning so please pay attention (check moisture by sticking your finger into the top inch of soil). During the following 2 weeks water 1-3 times per week. For the remainder of the season keep a close eye on it and water 1-3 times per month as needed.
EVERGREENS: Water once every 5th day for 10-30 minutes, depending on size and type of tree, with a garden hose at half speed (split the total time between both sides of the root system). You should continue this for 4 weeks, and then keep a close eye on it for the rest of the season, watering 1-3 times per month as needed. Most evergreens prefer moist but well drained and if over saturated they will drown. (Firs need less water and pines typically need a little more.)
SHRUBS AND PERENNIALS: Water daily for 2 weeks keeping the soil moist. Sprinklers do not count, you must hand water with a hose (30-60 seconds per shrub and 15-30 seconds for each perennial). Water 2-3 times a week for the next 2 weeks. For the remainder of the season, taper your watering schedule, giving the plants more time between watering. Keep in mind evergreens need less water than deciduous plants so water 2-3 times per week to start, followed by 1-2 times per week.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR ALL NEW PLANTS AND TREES:
These notes are time tested words of wisdom and should be applied in every garden.
Sprinklers do not count as a watering, as they only water the top couple of inches for your lawn. However, if a sprinkler continually hits the leaves or needles it can cause fungus/disease and possibly damage or kill your new plant/tree. You should also keep an eye out for sprinklers arching and landing at the base of a tree or plant for prolonged periods, this could drown the plant/tree. Make any necessary adjustments to your sprinkler heads as early as possible.
Prolonged heavy rains count for a watering, if they accumulate more than 1 inch. Quick heavy rains do not penetrate the soil well even though we may have received more than 1 inch. Because of this you should check your plants moisture level the next day.
During the heat of the summer, as well as on windy days, plants can dry out very easily. Don’t hesitate to give your plants a little extra water as needed.
Keep the root system moderately moist until the ground freezes, even if the leaves have fallen. If your tree or plant goes into winter with dry roots it can get frost burn, resulting in winter dieback, stunted growth or possible death.
Leave the support stakes in for one full year in order to give your tree adequate time to root in.
For all new plants you want to carefully select your fertilizer/additives as well as the timing of applications. Fertilizer is a necessary step however you should have a good game plan. Consult one of our garden center staff for what to use and for when it should be applied. QUESTIONS:
Always feel free to contact the nursery staff with any questions you may have at 402-551-3654.