New landscape projects should be treated as an investment, as they can add value to your home! In this video, Adam explains how to best care for your new landscape. He touches on three key aspects that will help you protect your investment and help your new landscape thrive. Continue reading to learn how to care for your new landscape!
Watering is the most crucial aspect in keeping your landscape alive! After our landscape crews leave, it is vital to continue watering in your newly installed plants. While all newly installed plants need water, the amount and frequency change with the seasons. If you had your landscape installed in the spring, summer, and fall, follow these basic watering guidelines:
- First and second week – every other day (3-4 times per week)
- Third and fourth week – every third day (2-3 times per week)
- After the first month – once per week except during summer (you
will need to water 3-4 times per week).
- After plantings have been through one complete year of growth,
they will usually not need watering except during drought
conditions (longer than one week without rain).
For late fall and winter plantings, follow these guidelines:
- First and second week – every third day (2 times per week)
- After this – once per week unless adequate rainfall occurs.
The 2nd key aspect of helping protect your investment is fertilization. Feeding your newly installed plants (and existing plants) will keep them strong and healthy and less likely to develop disease. Follow these basic guidelines to help protect and feed your plants:
- Early Spring: Apply slow-release, premium-grade fertilizer, Osmocote. B.
- Mid Summer: A second application, shrub-type fertilizer (as used in early spring), would be appropriate at this time.
- Fall: Use low nitrogen, high phosphorous type fertilizer to harden plants off and prepare them for winter.
Pruning is a fundamental task that yields significant results. Regular pruning helps promote new growth, aids in growing symmetrical and full plants, and helps keep high maintenance plants more manageable.