RECOMMENDED CARE FOR NEW PLANT INSTALLATIONS

Newly installed plant installations should be hand watered as follows:
 

  • Soak thoroughly every 3rd day for 3 months.
  • Soak thoroughly once a week for 1 year.
  • After 1 year, supplement water as necessary.
     

To water efficiently, use a breaker that decreases the force of the water stream without reducing the hose volume. Wand combinations with breakers and shutoff valves work best, but a standard multi setting spray nozzle set on ‘gentle shower’ works well.

Watering effectively may require pausing to allow water to percolate into the soil. If the soil surface is dry, it can initially repel water. Foster absorption by moistening the soil surface first by watering slowly or pausing to water an adjacent plant and coming back after a few moments. Water until water puddles at the plant base. Watering is complete when small puddles no longer percolate rapidly into the soil. Water the roots and the soil. Try to avoid wetting the foliage to minimize disease.

If plants wilt, check the soil moisture. Soil at the plant base should be moist. When soil is wet and plants still wilt, do not water until the soil surface dries. Excess soil moisture causes the same wilting response as inadequate water. If you are unsure, call Fine Garden Creations immediately. Plants do not drown or dry out overnight! Your warranty requires promptly notifying Fine Garden Creations when you see signs of stress. Call us at (610) 338-0630.

A Note about Irrigation Systems: In ground spray irrigation systems do not work perfectly for mixed perennial, tree, and shrub installations because of the variety of requirements and sizes of plants. We recommend hand watering exclusively or as a supplement to spray irrigation until plants are well established. If you are using an irrigation system, please monitor the area for pockets of too little or too much water.


RECOMMENDED CARE FOR NEW SOD OR SEED INSTALLATIONS

Oscillating sprinklers are suggested. Water in the morning when possible. Watering in the evening can encourage foliar disease.
Newly installed sod and seed installations should be hand watered as follows:
 

SOD:

  • Water every day for the first 3 weeks, applying enough water with each application to keep the top 3-4” of soil moist, but not sodden. Check under the sod in a few locations by gently pulling up a corner and using a screwdriver or other narrow blade pushed into the ground to check for moisture. Do not allow the sod to become overly wet, and never allow any pieces to dry out.
  • After the initial three weeks, the sod should have rooted into the soil and you will no longer be able to pull up a corner. Reduce watering frequency to every other day for the next 2 to 3 weeks.
  • After the initial 5 weeks, continue to water one to two times a week, totaling 1.5-2” per week. A tuna fish can set in the lawn is excellent for measuring water amount.
  • After 1 year, supplement water as necessary.
  • We do not recommend allowing a new sod lawn to go summer dormant until it has been established for a year.
  • Areas next to buildings, sidewalks, or other solid surfaces may need additional water because of reflected heat.


SEED:

  • Seed must stay moist, but not sodden for the entire germination process. Seed must not dry out at any point during the day!
  • Wind, sun and air temperatures impact watering frequency greatly. Water once to several times daily to maintain moist seed and soil, without watering so much as to generate mud.
  • As seedlings emerge after 7-14 days, gradually reduce water frequency while increasing duration.
  • Water 1.5-2” per week for remainder of the first year.
  • After 1 year, supplement water as necessary.
  • We do not recommend allowing a new seed lawn to go summer dormant until it has been established for at least a year.
  • Areas next to buildings, sidewalks, or other solid surfaces may need additional water because of reflected heat.

 

A Note about Irrigation Systems: In ground spray irrigation systems work well for established lawns, but may not adequately cover new seed or sod lawns. When using an irrigation system, reduce watering times or frequency if runoff or excessive puddling occurs. Hand water dry areas as necessary.


RECOMMENDED CARE FOR ANNUAL OR CONTAINER INSTALLATIONS

Newly installed annuals and containers should be hand-watered as follows:

Containers and annuals should be watered in much the same way as newly installed perennials or shrubs. Water deeply, but not too frequently. Most containers and annuals do not need to be watered daily. A common mistake we see is clients wasting time and water by watering their potted plants daily. Properly watered, most container plantings can be watered every other day or even every three days.

To water efficiently, use a breaker that decreases the force of the water stream without reducing the hose volume. Wand combinations with breakers and shutoff valves work best, but a standard multi setting spray nozzle set on ‘gentle shower’ works well.

Watering effectively may require pausing to allow water to percolate into the soil. If the soil surface is dry, it can initially repel water. Potting soils can be especially hydrophobic when allowed to dry. Foster absorption by moistening the soil surface first by watering slowly or pausing to water an adjacent plant and coming back after a few moments. For containerized plants, water until water is running from the bottom of the container. However, don’t confuse water that immediately runs from the container as meaning the pot is saturated. This is a sign of dry, hydrophobic soil that needs to be moistened slowly before it will absorb water well.

If possible, water in the morning before the heat of the day causes water waste from evaporation. Avoid watering in the late evening if possible to avoid foliar diseases encouraged by wet foliage overnight. Where possible, water the soil while keeping the foliage dry to avoid foliar diseases.

Except in the case of long sustained heavy rainfall, rainfall is rarely adequate moisture for containers. Containers should be checked for moisture, even after rainy days.