How To Care For Your New Plants

It is the customer's responsibility to give the purchased plants proper care. If the plant begins to look abnormal please let us know. Our garden center is filled with horticulturists and plant experts. Give us a call and most of the time we can solve the problem over the phone.

Any plant we install is guaranteed for one year from the date of purchase. Plants purchased and installed by the customer are guaranteed for 30 days from the date of purchase.

Plants will be replaced ONE time, given the buyer has provided a reasonable standard of maintenance. Plants eligible for replacement should be returned to the garden center to determine the cause of the problem. Receipts must accompany all returns. The replacement will be in the form of a credit equal to the original plant's value or a plant of equal value. 

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How to Plant
Trees
  • Identify the trunk flare. Trees flare out at the base of their trunk and this flare should be visible after the tree is planted.
  • Dig a shallow, wide hole. The hole should be 2x as wide as the root ball and the same depth as the root ball.
  • Remove any tethering rope. Cut away any rope wrapped around the trunk of the tree. Remove the top half of the burlap from the root ball. If the tree comes in a basket, do not remove it.
  • Place the tree at its proper depth. When the tree is in the ground, it should be at the same level as the soil or slightly higher.
  • Straighten the tree in its hole. Before you begin filling in the hole, make sure the tree is straight, level, and orientated the way you want.
  • Fill in the hole. Begin backfilling and pack soil around the base of the root ball to stabilize it. Stop halfway and place bioplex tablets and mycorrhizae around the root ball. Water periodically while filling in to allow the soil to settle and eliminate air pockets. Do not fill the soil past the root ball.
  • Add mulch. Compost or bark around the root ball will help the tree retain moisture. Create a basin to hold water and keep mulch 2-3 inches away from the trunk.
Shrubs
  • Follow the directions above. Before planting, rough up the root ball with your hand to prevent circling roots.
How to Water
Newly planted trees and shrubs need constant and frequent water.
  • Plant type, wind, soil type, grade, humidity, temperature, and plant age all contribute to watering needs.
General Rule of (Green) Thumb 
  • 1-2 weeks after planting: Water daily.
  • 3-12 weeks after planting: Water every 2-3 days.
  • After 12 weeks: Water once a week until the plant is established. 
  • Apply water directly over the rootball.
  • The first 2-3 months after your plants have been installed are the most critical.
  • Until they establish, new plants get all their moisture from a very small amount of roots.
  • Check the soil moisture in the root ball and the immediate surrounding area.
  • Soil probes are great tools used to measure how much water is in the soil.
  • You can also touch the soil with your hand by digging close to the root ball — at least 6 inches deep. 
  • Squeeze the soil. If it forms a ball and feels wet, the plant is adequately watered. If the soil breaks apart, then it is time to water.
How much should I water?
  • Water enough to saturate the entire root zone and surrounding soil to promote root development.
  • The basin you create around the trunk acts as a reservoir. Use a slow trickle of water to fill the reservoir. Water will slowly infiltrate the root ball.
  • As root systems establish and develop while the plant matures, watering becomes less critical.
  • Watering will always be the most important aspect of care.
Did You Know?
Plants
  • Clean the air and reduce pollutants.
  • Lower energy bills by shading and cooling homes in the summer and insulating and protecting them in the winter. 
  • Slow rainfall runoff and prevent erosion.
  • Reduce stress in the workplace.
  • Accelerate the recovery time of hospital patients.
  • Increase property values.
Flamingos
  • Stand on one leg and curl the other under their body to conserve body heat and keep warm.
  • Can fly up to speeds of 37mph.
  • Always face the wind while resting to keep wind and rain from penetrating their feathers.
  • Thrive on social interaction and wild colonies contain thousands of birds.