Bear Creek Landscapes & Design provides these guidelines to help ensure the landscaping we install thrives on your property. The information provided below is a guideline for watering your plants. Please refer to any specific instructions provided to you or contact us if you have questions.
Spring and Fall: The first week the plants are in the ground water 3 times a week. The second week the plants are in the ground water 2 times a week. The third week, water one time a week. Continue watering the plants once a week for the first 6 months the plants are in the ground.
Summer: The first two weeks the plants are in the ground water 3 times a week. The third and fourth weeks, water 2 times a week. The fifth week, water once a week. Continue watering the plants once a week for the first 6 months the plants are in the ground.
Winter: For the first 6 months water once a week provided that the ground is not frozen.
Year Round Guidelines
- The first 6 months are the most critical. The first year to three years are important in that during any hot and/or dry periods, supplemental water should be provided.
- Turf irrigation will NOT provide sufficient water to plant material.
- 1 to 1 ½ inches of rainfall occurring in a day substitutes as one watering.
- To gauge how much water to give, use a rain gauge set next to your plant and a showerhead-watering wand. Make passes across the rain gauge as you water the root ball area of the plant. You can stop when it reaches 1 ½ inches. Or, give each plant 1 gallon of water per foot in height (i.e. for a 5’ tall tree, use 5 gallons of water).
- Less frequent, deep waterings are healthier for plants than frequent shallow waterings.
- Slow waterings are more effective. The water penetrates the soil better and there is less runoff.
- A 2” plus layer of mulch at the root zone of a tree or shrub will help to conserve moisture. Be sure to keep the mulch off the trunk.
- Do not get water on the leaves during mid-day. This could lead to sun scorch. Try to water in the morning or late afternoon. It is a good idea to hose plant leaves off from time to time to help spray off potential pest problems but doing so too often can lead to fungal diseases that can be spread by splashing water.
- Prior to extended periods of nighttime freezing temperatures water root systems in thoroughly to avoid the roots from freezing while dry which can permanently damage or kill plant material.
- Perrenials & annuals have a shallow root system and require more frequent waterings. The frequency will depend on whether they are planted in containers or in the ground.
Bear Creek Landscapes & Design offers a 1-year warranty from the date of installation for all plant material (excluding annuals) that we install provided the watering guidelines are followed. Lack of water, damage incurred by insect pests, and/or extreme weather occurrences may void this warranty and each situation will be taken into consideration on a case-by-case basis. At the first sign of any insect damage or problems, please contact the Bear Creek Landscapes & Design office. Our staff will assist with correcting the problem or direct you to someone who can. Our goal is to help make your planting a success. If you have questions, Call us at (931) 840-0030 or (615) 913-7384 or fill out our contact form.