Tree and Shrub Care HomeCare and Maintenance Tree and Shrub Care Tree & Shrub Care Deeping watering of large shrubs and trees the first day by placing a slow running hose at the base of the plant. Be sure to saturate the root until thoroughly wet. Repeat every two (2) days for the first week then once a week following. Bed planting may be watered by a sprinkler to saturate the soil to a depth of 6”. (Watering at night will reduce the loss of water evaporation.) Repeat every two (2) days for the first weeks, then once a week thereafter. Misting plants a few times a day the first week will help reduce wilting and leaf-drop. (More often on hot days) Note: Most shrubs and trees will wilt and drop leaves regardless of care. This is normal resulting from transplanting shock and should not result in permanent damage. Keep in mind that watering and care are subject to environmental conditions. Hot, dry weather means extra watering, and cool moist weather means less watering. Ideally your landscape should receive at least 1” of water per week (this includes natural rainfall). You can determine soil moisture by taking the soil sample at a depth of 6” and squeezing a handful of it. If the soil ball holds together when released, but is not sticky, soil moisture is favorable. General Landscape Care In Order to get the most satisfaction from your landscaping over the years to come, we also suggest that you do the following. Continue watering, especially during the hot, dry spells and also in the late fall, to be assured of adequate moisture throughout the winter. This is very important for large shade trees and evergreens. Trim off dead and undesirable branches with clean sharp pruning shears. Weeding Weed all plant beds as soon as weeds appear. Allowing weeds time to establish will increase their population, as well as making their removal more difficult if you should develop an uncontrollable weed problem, please contact us for recommendations. (A Pre-emergent weed control was incorporated during bed preparations, which should prevent weed growth for 45-60 days) Mulching Re-Mulching your landscaping is necessary to maintain a 2” layer of mulch. This detours weed growth and retains moisture, it will also decrease rapid changes in soil temperature and give the landscaping a fresh clean appearance. Edging of bed lines will further enhances your landscape. Fertilizing Yearly fertilizing in early spring or late fall of your plantings with tree and shrub fertilizer will keep them healthy and long lasting. (Note: new plants are fertilized at the nursery with slow release fertilizer which will last 8-9 months, therefore no fertilizer is recommended during this period after planting.