watering new shrubs

Shrubs planted within the last 2 seasons are considered newly planted.  It takes roughly 3 winters to establish a plant.



Following are some general guidelines for ensuring success with newly planted shrubs. Extreme weather conditions or unusual drainage situations may require some adjustments.  

Watering Instructions for new shrubs:

BY HAND

1. Water 2 to 3 times per week depending on temperature. (windy and 90’s  3 times a week)

2. Take the hose to the base of the shrub place it on the ground so the water will soak the whole root ball.

3. Turn hose on ¼ open so the water will slowly soak the root ball.  If the water is running off close the valve more.  If the shrub is on a slope start on the high side.

4. Leave the water run for approximately 5-7 minutes.

5. Repeat this from April to the end of September

6. October through March water once a month for a total of 30 minutes for a nice deep soaking.  Unless there is 4 inches of snow on the ground, this rarely happens.  

7. Please note: Some shrubs will show shock quickly do not panic, if the leaves burn simply adjust your watering (i.e.  If currently watering 2 times a week move to 3 times per week…3 times per week move to 4).  Approximately 2 weeks later new foliage will grow.  

Watering Instructions for new shrubs

BY DRIP

1. Water 2 to 3 times per week depending on temperature. (windy and 90’s  3 times a week)

2. Use 2-3 drippers and place them at the base of the shrub so the water will soak the whole root ball.

3. The shrub will need 5-7 gallons of water a week.  (supplement by hand if needed)

4. April through September deep soakings are the key 10 minutes every day does not work for shrubs.

5. October through March. Turn the hose on ¼ open so the water will slowly soak the root ball.  If the water is running off close the valve more.

6.  If the shrub is on a slope start on the high side.

7. Leave the water run for approximately 5-7 minutes.

Please note: Some shrubs will show shock quickly do not panic, if the leaves burn simply adjust your watering (i.e. if currently  watering 2 times a week then  move to 3 times per week…3 times per week move to 4).  Approximately 2 weeks later new foliage will grow.