How do I water my new ornamental shrubs and trees?

Watering shrubs and trees is a delicate subject, so the information that follows will help ensure you do just the right amount of watering:

For your new SHRUBS:

  • Water daily for the first week.
  • In the second week, every other day.
  • In the third week, water 3 times.
  • Water once a week thereafter for the first year, if rainfall is insufficient.

If you have SPRAY sprinklers: Water 10-15 minutes per zone.

If using a HOSE TRICKLE: Water 1-2 minutes per plant, depending on shrub size.

For your new TREES:

  • Water daily for the first week.
  • In the second week, every other day.
  • In the third week, water 3 times.
  • Water once a week thereafter for the first year, if rainfall is insufficient.

If you have SPRAY sprinklers: Water 10-20 minutes per zone.

If you have a SOAKER HOSE: Water 2 hours per area.

If using a HOSE TRICKLE: Water 5-10 minutes per plant, depending on tree size.

A good method to determine if your ornamental plants are receiving enough water is to slip your fingers in along the plant root ball and feel if it is damp and cool to a depth of 3″ to 6″. If the soil is dry, or if it is saturated, you should fine-tune your watering periods. Actual watering times and frequencies should be adjusted depending on seasonal temperatures or rainfall amounts.