The following are
maintenance / watering guidelines for your new
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
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
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
Thanks for working with us.