In order to maintain the aesthetic in your original design video, the plants that we have installed for your enhanced outdoor living experience will need some extra care during the first two weeks and continued watering throughout their lives. Please use this step by step guide to ensure that your new plants stay healthy and beautiful for years!

The First Two Weeks

For the first two weeks after installation, your plants will need more frequent watering. The ideal time for watering is early in the day, however it is more important to water thoroughly and deeply than to worry about the time of day.

TREES AND SHRUBS

 

Trees and shrubs should be watered every 3-4 days for the first two weeks after they have been planted. Instructions on how to properly water trees and shrubs can be found in the next section.

GROUNDCOVER AND PERENNIALS

 

Groundcover and perennials should be watered every 2-3 days for the first two weeks after they have been planted. Instructions on how to properly water groundcover and perennials can be found in the next section.

How to Water Your Plants

In order to avoid long periods of time on your feet in the sun, you may consider investing in a standard lawn sprinkler and hose if you do not own one already.

TREES AND SHRUBS

 

Place the open end of your hose at the base of the plant and allow it to gently flow onto the root ball of the plant (near the center of the plant). As the water saturates the soil, there should be no water running off or puddling. A slow, easy stream of water that constantly saturates the soil is ideal. If you use this method (individual watering), please allow the water to flow five to ten minutes per four feet of plant. If you choose to use a sprinkler to cover a wider area, allow the sprinkler to run 3-5 hours for adequate watering.

GROUNDCOVER AND PERENNIALS

 

As there are generally a more abundant amount of groundcover and perennials installed in most TLL Landscaping garden plans, it is highly recommended to use a standard lawn sprinkler to water groundcover and perennials. Simply run the sprinkler so that it is saturating all plants in the area for one to two hours during each watering session.

Maintaining Your Plants

Once your plants have established themselves after the first two weeks, you can start to water them on a less intense schedule. Here are some basic guidelines for maintaining your new plants!

- Water throughout the "growing season", which is the time between the last frost and the first frost until around Thanksgiving.

- Water 1-2 times per week, ensuring that the plants are saturated with 1" of water per week during the growing season (about 1-2 hours of running a sprinkler).

- To check saturation levels during rainy weeks, simply place a collection vessel or rain gauge near where the plants are and measure the water collected from the rainfall.

- Hot windy weather (Summer and Fall) will call for more frequent waterings, while cool, wet periods (Spring) will call for less frequent waterings.

- Probe the soil with a shovel or trowel if you are unsure of the moisture conditions. If it is dry, add water.

If you follow these simple guidelines for helping your new plants to establish themselves in their new home and maintain them after they have been established, the wonderful accents to your new outdoor living space are sure to flourish for years to come!