Maintaining your landscape need not be a chore. By giving proper care to your plants, they will not simply survive…they will thrive! Use this guide to help individual plants grow into your own personalized, spectacular landscape.
Though watering needs vary according to plant varieties, soil types and weather, there are general certainties to keep in mind.
Most importantly, observe your plants! Dig down about 6 inches just outside the root zone. If the soil crumbles when you squeeze it, it’s time to water. If the soil forms a ball, wait a few days.
When you water, soak the ground thoroughly enough to saturate the root zone. Allow adequate time between waterings for proper drainage.
Watering properly is essential the first growing season. Following years allow for less watering, but always check the soil and look at the plants!
Boost with Fertilizer
Bonide Plant Starter is a sufficient fertilizer at planting time. For any other fertilizing, use an all-purpose fertilizer, such as Miracle Gro or Osmocote.
General fertilizing is not recommended after August 15th. Fertilizing promotes leaf production. As winter approaches, the plant needs its energy for root production instead.
Less is more! Never give your plant more than the recommended dosage. You will burn your plant. Always follow label instructions on fertilizers.
Important for water retention, maintenance of soil temperature, and reduction of weeds, mulching also makes the planted area aesthetically pleasing.
Use shredded cottonwood or hardwood mulch around all newly planted trees and shrubs.
Mulch should be layered 3”-4” thick, and extended to a 3’ radius.
Always leave 3” or 4” between the base or trunk of the plant and the mulch. This allows for air circulation.
Hot summer days are not the only times plants thirst. When there is little snow or rain throughout autumn, winter, and spring, roots will easily dry out. Since soil expands and contracts (called “heaving”) air pockets can form around roots. During days of constant freezing temperatures, roots are apt to freeze too! Water prevents air pockets from forming, thus insulating the roots.
|Pruning & TrimmingConsidered by many to be an art, important for aesthetic beauty and shape, pruning trees and shrubs is actually essential to the overall health and proper growth of plants.A few tips:
||Healthy Soil, Healthy PlantsThe most fundamental element in the garden is soil. Few gardens or planting areas have naturally perfect soil. Fortunately, there is help.
||Adding to Your LandscapeSpring is a nice time to do some “remodeling” in the yard. So is summer. So is autumn. Container-grown plants can be planted anytime during the growing season…from the last frost of winter (usually April) until the ground freezes hard in late autumn (October or November).
|Give us a buzz!Gardening can be both exciting and overwhelming. If you ever have questions or need advice about your plants, call us! We can help!(308) 234-6670||On the Straight & NarrowContrary to popular belief, staking is not always necessary for newly planted trees.