Watering and Care Instructions

Proper watering is critical to your plant's health. Regular watering will also help to insure maximum flowering and proper growth.

Watering guidelines for 1st year plantings

Use an open-ended hose placed in the mulch ring and running at a slow trickle for the time indicated in the chart below.

If you prefer to use soaker hoses, they should be wound through the planting bed and wrapped loosely around the trunks of plants. They must be left running overnight, twice per week.

Tree Gator Bags are another option for watering. Fill as often as if you were watering with a hose.

Watering times based on plant sizes

Container plants

1-3 gal pot: 10 minutes
5-10 gal pot: 20 minutes
15 gal or larger pot: 30 minutes

Balled and Burlaped plants

1.75" - 2.5" caliper: 45-60 minutes
3" or larger caliper: 60-80 minutes

If you are planting in the SPRING or SUMMER:

  • Water 3 times per week, for the first 3 weeks, whether it rains or not
  • After the first 3 weeks, water twice per week whether it rains or not

If you are planting in the FALL:

Deciduous plants

  • If the plant still has leaves, following the watering guidelines until the leaves fall off
  • If the plant has lost its leaves, soak thoroughly one time after planting
  • Begin watering again in the spring when the new foliage appears, following the watering guidelines

Evergreen plants

  • Follow the watering guidelines until December 31
  • Begin watering again in the spring when new growth appears, following the watering guidelines

Trees and Shrubs

Plants need more frequent watering from planting time until becoming well rooted, which may take two or more growing seasons. Once established, plants can then be weaned to tolerate less frequent watering. Proper weaning develops deep roots and makes the plants more drought tolerant.

Water established trees, shrubs and groundcovers infrequently, yet thoroughly. In the absence of rain, most trees and shrubs benefit from a once-a-month thorough watering during the spring, summer, and fall.

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