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Plant Care

Woody Plants

Providing the basic needs of new plants will increase their chances of successful establishment. New plant care significantly differs from established plant care and just a few extra minutes of your time can make all the difference.

Trees and shrubs need extra attention throughout their first growing season. If they are planted late in the season, they may need some help early the next year too.

The most critical time for new plants is going to be right after they are planted. Plants will develop extra strength by going through slight periods of drought or other stress, but you don't want to push them too far. You need to watch for signs of water stress. While a new plant has limited roots reaching into the surrounding soil, it is important to keep that area consistently moist, but not wet. How much water you will need to provide depends on the soil type, ground temperature, air temperature, how windy it is and the type of plant. Because so many factors can influence the amount or frequency of watering, there is no magic formula. You will have to judge your own situation.

The most common and obvious sign of trouble with a plant is wilting. The confusing part is that while plants most often wilt from lack of water, they can also wilt from too much water. Check the soil by digging down a few inches and feeling it before adding water. If it is still moist, lack of water is not the problem. Watering when plants have wilted from lack of water is easy. Drying out a plant that is too wet is difficult, especially since we don't have control of the rain.

Plants should be allowed to rely on the nutrients already in the soil when they are first planted. Perennials can be fed after the first month or two. Woody plants can be fertilized after their first season. Follow package directions when to fertilize and what formulas to use should be followed.

All plants must receive adequate care and proper watering in order to be honored under our warranty policy. Owner must notify landscape contractor within twenty-four hours of noticing a problem. Allowing plant material to die or reach an advanced state of decline before notifying landscape contractor automatically and without recourse voids all warranty on that portion of the project.

Newly Seeded Lawns

After grass seeds have been sowed, water seedlings frequently. Keep the top two inches of soil moist, but not sopping wet. Water whenever the soil becomes dry.  If the soil gets too dry, the germination process will stop. When watering, do not water so much that it pools on the soil’s surface.

As the grass seeds germinate and develop roots, continue regular watering to help them become well established. Over the next month, water lightly whenever it is dry. During dry spells, check the new lawn more often, as it will need more water. Pay attention to shady patches of the lawn, as they need watering less often than sun-soaked areas. Foot traffic should be avoided.

Grass seedlings should not be mowed until they are 3.5 inches tall, approximately 8 weeks. Leave mulch in place and mow grass high. Straw mulch will be chopped into small pieces at this time which will help add nutrients to the soil as well as keep the soil cooler and aid in retaining moisture.


Sod will be watered upon laying and rolling it. Homeowner must continue to keep sod watered continually for the first 7-10 days with an inch of water two times a day for 15-20 minutes each time, depending on weather conditions preferably in the early morning and afternoon.  Keep the sod and the soil surface constantly moist but not soaking and do not allow sod to dry out. You need to be sure that the sod has rooted successfully into the soil. This typically takes about 1 to 3 weeks.

For about the first 10 days after sod installation, limit activity on the new sod, minimizing foot traffic and pet activity on the turf for about 3 additional weeks.

Once sod has established, decrease the frequency of watering until you can mow it when it has reached approximately 4 inches tall. The cutting height the first time should be slightly higher than the usual cut height. Gradually lower the cutting height until the desired height is reached, but never removing more than a third of the grass blades at once.

Please refer to your Contract for our warranty statement for further information.

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