Plant Care

 

Watering Recommendations

 
 
 
 

Plantings

• Plant material should be watered every other day for the first two weeks following installation, unless there is a good soaking rain. After the first two-week period all plant material should be watered one to two times a week for several months. If there are drought conditions plant material should be watered up to a full year after installation.
• Hand water all perennials, groundcover, and small shrubs and evergreens until the plant is totally saturated with water.
• All large plants such as ornamental trees, shade trees, and large evergreens should have a hose left running on them for 15 to 30 minutes, per plant.
• As important as it is to water plant material, it is also important not to over water your plants. It is best to follow the watering schedule as close as possible.
 
 
 
 
 

Sod

• Sod is a living plant that requires ground contact and moisture to survive. Start watering sod within 30 minutes of installation.
• Give your new lawn at least one inch of water daily for approximately 2 weeks, keeping the sod moist until it is firmly rooted.
• To assure the sod is moist lift up the corners of the sod and make sure the soil under the sod is very wet.
• A properly watered new lawn will prevent you from walking on it without sinking.
• On windy days or days when the temperature is higher than 80 degrees watering more than once a day is best.
• Water areas near buildings, driveways, and sidewalks more often, and avoid late night watering. Early morning watering is best.
• After established the lawn needs one inch of water a week to maintain a healthy plant.
 
 
 
 
 

Seed

• Seed should be watered every day for the first two weeks following installation.
• Lightly hand-water the seed until the area is wet, approximately 20 minutes in the early day.
• After the first two-week period the seed should be watered one to two times a week for several months depending on weather conditions.
 
 
 
 
 

Pruning

Deciduous Trees and Shrubs This plant material should be trimmed at different times during the year depending on the flowering times. The timing of the trimming is after the flowering cycle and is varied depending on the specific type of plant. Evergreens An evergreen plant is usually trimmed once a year in June or July depending on weather conditions. Pruning should be completed while the new lime green growth is evident and still limber. Annuals and Perennials Depending on the variety some plants need to be cut back or dead headed when they finish blooming to keep them from setting seed. This is usually done in the fall. Trimming or cutting back plants improves the health of the plant and encourages another bloom.
 
 

Landscape Terms

Annual An annual plant completes its lifecycle in one year. They need to be replanted each year and are typically used for vivid showy seasonal color in a prominent area. Perennial A perennial survives for more than one year and does not need to be planted each year. It is used to add color to the landscape at a particular time of the year. They do not bloom the entire growing season but rather in the spring, summer, or fall. Deciduous A tree or shrub that sheds its leaves at the end of each growing season and whose leaves return at the beginning of the next growing season