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landscaping planning and installation including walls, patios, gardens, and more.

Our full service garden center is fully stocked for all your gardening needs.

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Tree Planting Instructions

  • Dig the hole twice as wide but just as deep as the root ball. It is very important not to plant the tree too deep.The top of the root ball should be even with ground level. Some trees will benefit from being planted slightly above ground level (1-2"). 

  • Take care not to drop the tree/root ball and break it.  This can damage the root system and harm the tree.  After you set the tree in the hole check to make sure there is no twine or rope wrapped around the trunk.  If so, cut it so it doesn't restrict the trunk.  Burlap may be left in place and should decompose within a year.

  • Mulch is essential to help maintain soil moisture, control weeds, and to protect the tree from any mower damage.  Trees that are mulched tend to grow much faster when they don't have to compete with grass for water.  Take care not to pile the mulch up on the trunk of the tree.  A 2-3" layer is recommended. 

  • Watering is Essential- Overwatering or Underwatering can create alot of stress for your new tree.  A good deep watering at regular intervals will encourage strong, deep roots.

  • We recommend placing the hose at the base of the trunk with the flow at a pencil sized trickle.  15-20 minutes for medium sized trees (1 1/2" - 2"). Increase or decrease based on your trees size.  This should be done once a week unless we receive an inch or more of rainfall.  In the heat of summer, watering can be done twice a week if needed.

Tree Watering Instructions

  • Watering is Essential- Overwatering or Underwatering can create alot of stress for your new plants.  A good deep watering at regular intervals will encourage strong, deep roots.

  • We typically recommend watering your new landscape shrubs and perennials every day for the first week and then every other day on week two, every third day week three and so on.  In the heat of the summer, plants may need to be watered more frequently if they are in the hot sun.  Take care to check plants in the shade as you will not want to overwater them.

Shrub & Perennial Watering Instructions

Shrub/Perennial Planting Instructions

  • Dig the hole twice as wide but just as deep as the root ball.   It is very important not to plant too deep.  The top of the root ball should be even with ground level. If you are using mulch, you may plant slightly above ground level but fill in with mulch so that none of the root ball is exposed.

  • While with trees you don't want to disturb the root system too much, it's a whole different story with shrubs and perennials.  Don't get too crazy but it is important to take the edge of your spade, your hands or even a knife and score the root ball to encourage the roots to "think outside the pot".

  • Mulch is essential to help maintain soil moisture & control weeds.  Mulch can be bark or rock.  Weed barrier is used under rock but is not used under mulch.  Take care not to make your mulch or rock too thick or piled up around the plants.  Weed Control products like Preen are a great product to use in any kind of mulch and keeps weed seed (and even those little helicopter seed pods) from growing.