New Groundcover Care

Fertilization For newly planted groundcover beds, during the first spring and summer after installation, fertilize every month with a liquid spray such as Miracle Gro. Follow the label instructions for mixing. After the first year, and each year thereafter, fertilize as follows: Every May apply a fertilizer with a formulation like 22-11-11 to all groundcover beds at a...

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New Perennial Care

Fertilization Newly planted perennial gardens shouldn’t need fertilization until the second year. For most perennials, a simple application of 5-10-5 in the spring is sufficient. Apply the fertilizer evenly throughout the planting beds at a rate of 2 to 3 pounds of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet. You should take care not to allow the fertilizer to fall onto the...

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New Shrub Care

Fertilizer For your newly planted shrubs, up to one year after transplanting, no fertilizer is necessary since Greenkeepers used a proper planting soil mixture when installing your shrubbery. After the first year, however, and each year thereafter, fertilize shrubbery as follows: Apply fertilizer with a formulation of 12-12-12 evenly to the entire shrub bed at a rate of...

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New Tree Care

Watering All plants need water. As a supplement to fertilizing, trees may need to be watered. Newly transplanted trees need at least 1” of water per week for the first season. This should include both rainfall and additional water. During the first five years of growth, water should be added during any 2 to 3 week dry period when little or no rain falls. Older trees...

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New Planting Beds Care

Mulching After planting a tree, or installing a planting bed,  cover the bed or tree pit area with shredded mulch (hardwood bark). The application of mulch benefits the beds in the following ways: Mulch reduces the need for watering by helping retain soil moisture; Mulch stabilizes the soil temperature; Mulch adds needed organic matter to the soil as it decompresses;...

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New Lawn Care

Seeded Lawns:  Expectations A seeded lawn takes at least one full year to fill in uniformly throughout your yard; and many times, two years are needed to develop a thick luxurious lawn. In the first season, there may be a weed problem, even though quality topsoil was used. Weeds can be easily controlled using a proper fertilization and weed control program. We would be...

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