Remember to Water
The single most important survival factor of newly planted trees and shrubs is soil moisture during the first few months after planting. Until a tree grows roots out into the soil surrounding the original root ball, it is dependent upon water contained in the soil ball. The ball of a container grown tree or shrub may become dangerously dry within a day or two after planting in mid-summer. Similarly, B&B (ball and burlap) trees need to be watered frequently with small amounts of water for the first season after planting.
But Don’t Overdo It…
It is important to keep in mind that over-watering new trees and shrubs can kill them almost as quickly as a lack of water.
The watering required for your new plants will vary depending on a number of factors, including location, soil texture and wind are a few variables that affect your plants.
A heavier clay soil will remain wet much longer than a sandy loam soil. Most – but not all – soil in this area tends to be heavy clay. it is to your advantage to learn about your landscape plants and soil type to help maintain a successful landscape.