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The following are maintenance / watering guidelines for your new landscaping.

How to care for your new plants

A newly planted shrub or tree will now need to go through a transition period. It needs to adjust itself from the container, original nursery, etc. to your site. But a shrub or tree that is selected to suit your site will be easy to care for, only making demands for special care during the first few months for this transition or establishment period. Please follow these guidelines to help your nursery stock quickly establish itself and produce for you the beauty you want.


This is the most difficult to prescribe. Too little water will cause your plants to wilt and die. Too much water will cause them to yellow and drown.

For spring and fall planting, soak your new plants thoroughly when planted, then 2 times the first week and once a week thereafter.

For summer planting, soak thoroughly when planted. Water 3 times the first week, then twice a week for 3 weeks and once a week thereafter.

Don't guess if the plant needs water! Take a hand spade and dig down 4 to 6 inches alongside the plant. If the ground is moist the plant does not need water; if the ground is dry, water the plant thoroughly.

Notes on Watering

Soil and weather vary tremendously in Wisconsin. Heavy clay soils may need to be watered less often. Sandy or gravelly soils may need water more often. Also, in cool weather your plants may need less water and in hot weather more water.

Plant roots are deep. When you water soak thoroughly. Roots do not "search" for water. If you want a plant to develop a healthy, extensive root system, the area in which the roots grow must be kept moist.

Remember, plants can be killed by too much water. Don't water a little every day. Water heavily but only as scheduled.

One of the best ways to water a shrub or tree is to trickle water from a hose at the base of the plant. When the soil is thoroughly wet move it to another plant.


If leaves look wilted and are drooping you need to add water.

If leaves look yellow, droopy and brown or black at the margin there is too much water - apply water less often.

Too much or too little water may both produce the same effect. If you are not sure, dig down next to the roots. If the ground is soggy and waterlogged there is too much water; if the soil is dry there is not enough water.


We will replace one time only, completely free of charge, any tree, shrub, evergreen or woody vine that dies within 12 months of the date of installation, providing you have given the plant its normal care. All claims for loss must be reported within the guarantee period. We will not replace plants killed by rodents, insects, mechanical damage, neglect, or natural disasters. Certain exotic plants, plants planted in decorative pots, planting boxes, or containers above ground carry no replacement warranty, nor do existing plants on site that have been transplanted.

If you have any questions about your nursery stock or its condition, please give us a call. We want your plants to stay healthy and beautiful. Our phone number is 608-655-3981.

Thanks for working with us.




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