April is a great time to plant new trees and shrubs. Be sure to protect these investments with proper fertilizing treatments and watering.
- During installation a slow release, starter fertilizer, such as Fertilome Start-n-Grow, should be mixed with the back-fill soil in order to promote root growth.
- Water slowly and thoroughly with a solution of Fertilome Root Stimulator.
- For plants that prefer an acidic soil, use Hi-Yield Soil Sulfur mixed with the back-filled soil at the time of planting.
Water the new plants every 3 to 7 days and at times every other day, depending on weather conditions and the type/size of the plant. Over watering and under watering are two of the top reasons that cause plant material to decline.
- Pull back the mulch around the root ball (base) of the plant.
- By hand—be sure to NOT disturb the plant’s root system—gently dig 2”-3” down into the soil in the root ball.
- Feel the soil in the root ball of the plant… is it hard and dry or cool and moist?
- If the soil in the root ball feels hard or dry, it most likely needs water.
The key to watering plant materials is to provide the plant with a slow, deep soaking water. The best way to do this is to lay the end of a garden hose (spray nozzle removed) near the base/root ball of the plant and let the water slowly trickle out. This means the water goes directly to the root ball.