Additional Tips for Newly Installed Plantings

We at Kennedy’s appreciate the opportunity to work with you on your new landscaping.  We are proud of our work and feel sure that you are, too.  Newly installed plantings require extra care until they establish strong root systems.

To insure the survival and success of your new plants:

  • Water trees and shrubs deeply the first day by placing a slow running hose near the base of each plant, saturating the plant hole until thoroughly wet.  Repeat this every two days for one week, then continue one to three times a week depending on the weather.
  • Bed plantings may be watered by hand or by sprinkler to saturate soil 6″ deep (watering in the early morning reduces loss of water to evaporation).  Repeat every two days for one week, then continue one to three times per week depending on the weather.
  • Keep in mind that water requirements are subject to environmental conditions.  Hot and dry weather means extra water; cool and moist weather means less water.  Ideally, your landscape should receive one inch of water per week (this includes natural rain fall).  You can determine the amount of soil moisture by taking a soil sample at a depth of six inches and squeezing a handful of it.  If the soil ball holds together when released but is not sticky, soil moisture is favorable.
  • It’s a good idea to mist all newly planted plants with water a few times per day the first week.  This procedure is especially helpful for transplanted plants.  Misting will help reduce wilting and leaf drop.  Most trees and shrubs wilt and drop a few leaves regardless of care, this is a natural process resulting from transplanting shock and should not result in permanent injury to the plants.
  • Continue watering through the summer and fall.  This is especially important for evergreens.
  • Weed all planting beds as soon as weeds appear.  Allowing weeds to establish will increase their populations as well as making their removal more difficult.
  • Add mulch to your landscape as necessary to maintain a 1 ½” layer of mulch.  This will help retard weeds, retain moisture, decrease rapid changes in soil temperature, and give your landscape a fresh, clean appearance.  Maintaining a well defined edging of bed lines will highlight your landscape further.
  • No need to fertilize new plants in the fall.  Your plants were planted with a slow release fertilizer which will last 8-9 months.  No fertilizer is recommended until the following spring.
  • Observe leaves and stems carefully for insects and/or unusual coloring or disfiguring of leaves.  Early detection of insects and diseases will allow for control before extensive damage occurs.  Immediately consult your designer or our garden center staff with any questions or concerns.
  • Mark beds near driveways that require snow plowing prior to the first snowfall.
  • For more info on watering, click here.

New lawns

  • Newly seeded areas should be kept wet at all times until approximately 1″ of growth is apparent.  At that time, begin to water more deeply and less frequently until grass has been mowed two or three times.  Lawn areas require at least 1″ of water per week to remain in a healthy growing condition.
  • Fertilizer for your sod or seed was applied at installation and will remain effective for 30 days.  A second application of turf fertilizer is strongly recommended after that 30 day period along with watering to encourage maximum development.  No weed killer of any kind should be used for the first 45 days.

Do not hesitate to give us a call with any questions you may have concerning your landscape.  Thank you for your business.