Once your plants are installed, the watering becomes the owners' responsibility. We cannot stress how important watering is - especially during the first full growing season of your plants. It is very difficult to tell an owner or maintenance person how and when to water plants. The reason for this is that no two landscape situations are exactly alike. The best we can do is give you some general guidelines to follow.
It is important to remember that a plant may be killed from over watering as easy as it may die due to lack of water. Water when the soil around the plant feels dry to the touch at a depth of 1 - 2 inches.
Tree and Shrubs
After the initial installation, check your plants each week, water plants thoroughly if natural rainfall is insufficient. Apply water to individual plants by placing the hose at the base or trunk of the plant, allowing the water to run at a slow trickle long enough to saturate the entire root zone. If the water tends to run off, it may help to go to another plant and then come back in a few minutes to complete the watering.
In order for these plants to spread and become established, they must be watered every other day for the first month, and then once every week thereafter for the next 2 months. If planted in late spring or in the summer, watering may be necessary on a daily basis. After the first year your ground cover should be watered every 2 weeks from late spring through early fall.
Sod and Seed
Seeded lawns should be kept moist until a uniform stand of grass is established. Apply enough water to keep the soil moist, but not so much to cause run off. Sod should be soaked daily the first week after installation. After the first week, sod should be watered every 2 - 3 days. If the sod shows signs of drying or turning brown, it should be soaked immediately.
The required frequency of watering will vary greatly according to soil types. Heavy clay soils tend to hold water and therefore need less water to sustain plants. Remember that it is just as easy to kill a plant by over watering as it is under watering. Use common sense!
It is highly recommended that a proper trimming a pruning program be put in place for all trees, shrubs and perennials.
A complete fertilization package for all of your trees, shrubs, perennials and turf grass will make a dramatic difference in the overall health of your landscape plants. Fertilization programs should be based off of existing soil types, soil PH, watering needs etc.
Maintaining a living thing can be difficult and at times plants can die without us knowing exactly what caused it. There are so many variables that are out of our control when it comes to living and breathing things such as plants. There are many things a plant may or may not need that is not outlined in this care sheet. If at any time you are unsure about how to properly address or care for a plant or a specific plant issue feel free to contact Green Team Turf LLC for advice.