CARE GUIDE FOR NEW LANDSCAPING

Congratulations on your new landscaping! Remember, your new trees and shrubs are warrantied for six moths from planting. To help keep your new plants happy and healthy, please refer to the growing tips, below.

WATERING: New trees, shrubs and flower beds require extra care for the first full year, until the new plants are fully established. Your sprinkler system will not provide enough water for newly planted material. We recommend deep watering, generally 2 to 3 times per week, or on an as needed basis. To deep water, set your hose to a slow trickle and allow it to run on the root zone for 15 to 20 minutes. To monitor soil conditions, get in the habit of checking the soil around the root zone regularly by plunging a finger at least knuckle deep into it. If it feels very dry, you should water. If it feels damp, or very wet, let it go. Always check the soil around wilted plants before watering, as plants may wilt from over-watering or excessive afternoon heat as well as from under-watering. Please not that obviously under- or over-watered trees or shrubs will not be covered by the warranty.

UNDERWATERING: Under-watered plants will typically start dying from the top down, and the inside out, showing dry crunchy brown leaves. The bottom parts will stay greener longer, as they receive more of the little water available. Increase the frequency and time length of watering until the condition improves. ‘Treegators’  can provide a good, steady supply of water and are especially recommended during times of drought.

OVERWATERING: In heavy clay soil, or during times of heavy rain, your plants will require less water. Over-watered plants will typically start dying from the bottom up. Leaves will retain a full appearance, but will eventually turn yellow and drop off. Pull any mulch away from the root zone to allow the soil to dry out, and decrease watering. You may wish to turn off sprinkler heads in the immediate area as well, until conditions improve. Please note that we do not recommend using left over soil to build a ‘tree well’ around the root zone, as this can cause the roots to stay too wet.

WINTER WATERING: Newly planted trees and shrubs, and all flower beds, benefit from occasional watering during the cold months. Plants can, and do, die from drought even in the middle of winter. When temperatures are above freezing, roots are actively growing. Provide deep watering as needed. Warm, windy weather causes soil to dry out rapidly. Also, plants will withstand a sudden cold snap better if the soil they’re planted in is damp. So be aware of changing weather conditions, and continue to monitor your soil conditions throughout the fall and winter.

FERTILIZING: For optimum growth, we recommend regular fertilization during the growing season—late March through the end of September. A fish emulsion, John’s Recipe, or Liquid Seaweed solution, applied monthly over a light sprinkling of a dry organic fertilizer such as Holly-tone, bat guano or worm castings, is a safe and easy program. For extra benefit ‘Thrive”, a liquid blend of beneficial soil microbes, may be added to the solution. Any fertilizing should be stopped by the end of September, to discourage new growth that may be damaged by an early frost. All plants will benefit from a one-time application of fish emulsion, John’s or Seaweed immediately after planting. This will help stimulate rapid root growth and lessen transplant shock, at any time of the year.

PRUNING: Trees and shrubs generally require pruning only as necessary to remove dead or diseased limbs. Please call us for advice if you feel pruning is necessary. Ornamental grasses and most perennials should be cut back in early spring, just above the new growth as it emerges. Grasses and perennials over-winter better, and may provide food and shelter for wildlife, if allowed to stand through the winter.

LET US HELP! We are happy to work with you to maintain the long term beauty of your landscaping. Please let us know immediately if you have any questions or concerns  about your new plants by calling us at 447-3100. Many issues can be resolved by e-mailing a photo of the problem to kandklandscape@yahoo.com, or by posting one to our Facebook fan page. When necessary, we will send a staff member to your site to examine the problem. Please don’t wait until the plant appears to be dead, as many problems can be easily resolved when caught early. Thank you for choosing K+K. We look forward to a long and rewarding relationship with you, and your yard.


 

CARE GUIDE FOR NURSERY INSTALLED TREES AND SHRUBS

Congratulations on your new tree or shrub! Remember, your nursery installed trees and shrubs are warrantied for one year from planting. To help keep your new plants happy and healthy, please refer to the growing tips below.

AT PLANTING TIME: We recommend that you contact Okie (dial 811 or 800-522-6543) prior to planting. They will come out and mark any utility lines in the area. We also recommend purchasing bagged Cotton Burr Compost, available at K+K, as a soil amendment. The crew will bring this out with your plant material, and combine it with your existing soil. This product will provide some nutrition, improve your soil structure, and help hold moisture in the soil.  Left over compost may be used for any other planting you may be doing, or as a top dressing around existing plants.

MULCHING: A 2” to 3” layer of mulch applied over the root zone immediately after planting will help hold moisture in the soil, deter weeds, and also help to keep roots cooler in hot weather. Be sure to allow air space between the mulch and the trunk or stems. Mulch piled up against the trunk or stems can cause the bark to rot, resulting in death. Mulch over 3” deep, or soil piled over the root zone, can suffocate the plant, resulting in failure to thrive, or death. We will be happy to recommend the best mulch for your specific plant material.

WATERING: New trees and shrubs require extra care for the first full year, until they are fully established. Your sprinkler system will not provide enough water for newly planted material. We recommend deep watering, generally 2 to 3 times per week, or on an as needed basis. Set your hose to a slow trickle and allow it to run on the root zone for 15 to 20 minutes. Get in the habit of checking the soil around the root zone regularly by plunging a finger at least knuckle deep into it. If it feels very dry, you should water. If it feels damp, or very wet, let it go. Always check wilted plants before watering, as plants may wilt from overwatering or excessive afternoon heat as well as under-watering. Please note that obviously under or over watered trees or shrubs will not be covered under the warranty.

UNDERWATERING: Under-watered plants will typically start dying from the top down, and the inside out, with dry crunchy brown leaves. The bottom parts will stay greener longer, as they are receiving more of the little water available. Increase the frequency and time length of watering until the condition improves. Treegators can provide a good, steady supply of water and are especially recommended during times of drought.

OVERWATERING: In heavy clay soil, or during times of heavy rain, your plants will require less water. Overwatered plants will typically start dying from the bottom up. Leaves will retain a full appearance, but will eventually turn yellow and fall off. Pull any mulch away from the root zone to allow the soil to dry out, and decrease watering. You may wish to turn off sprinkler heads in the immediate area as well, until the condition improves. Please don’t form a well around the planting hole, as this can cause excess water to build up in the soil.

WINTER WATERING: Newly planted trees and shrubs will benefit from occasional watering during the cold months. Plants can, and do, die from drought even in the middle of winter. When temperatures are above freezing, roots are actively growing. Provide deep watering as needed. Warm windy weather causes soil to dry out rapidly. Also, plants will withstand a sudden cold snap better if the soil is damp. So be aware of changing weather conditions, and continue to monitor your soil conditions throughout the fall and winter

FERTILIZING: For optimum growth, we recommend regular fertilization during the growing season--late March through the end of September. A fish emulsion, Johns’ Recipe, or Liquid Seaweed solution, applied monthly over a light sprinkling of a dry organic fertilizer such as Holly-tone, bat guano or worm castings, is a safe and easy program. For extra benefit Thrive, a soil inoculant, may be mixed into the solution.  Any fertilizing should be stopped by the end of September, to discourage new growth that may be damaged by an early frost. All plants will benefit from a one-time application of fish emulsion, Johns’ or Seaweed immediately after planting. This will help stimulate rapid root growth and lessen transplant shock, at any time of the year.

PRUNING: Unless otherwise specified by one of our experts, trees and shrubs should only require pruning as necessary to remove dead or diseased limbs. Please call us for pruning advice if you feel it’s necessary.