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Watering Information - Shrubs

 Good soil drainage is critical when watering your shrub with a hose.  Test your soil by digging 1½ - 2 ft. into the soil.  Fill the hole with water.  If the hole maintains the water, the drainage is poor.  If your drainage is poor, cut the rates in half.  You can also mix your existing soil with sand to increase drainage.

First Year after planting:

  • First Three Months: Twice a week, turn on the hose at a slow soaking trickle and leave it running for:
    • 5-6 hours per tree (basket). Potted trees/shrubs: 2-3 hours, three times a week.
  • August: Ease back on the watering to once a week…for 8 hours (basket)…to 4 hours (potted trees/shrubs)….at a time, at a slow soaking trickle. The trees may look a little droopy but it is important to harden them off before winter sets in.
  • September: Pick up on the watering again, twice a week at a slow soaking trickle for 5-6 hours per tree (basket). Potted trees/shrubs: 2-3 hours, three times a week.
  • October: Ease back on the watering to once a week…for 8 hours (basket)…to 4 hours (potted trees/shrubs)….at a time, at a slow soaking trickle.
  • November: Ease back even more. Water once a week for 3-4 hours (basket)...to 1.5-2 hours (potted trees/shrubs) at a time, at a slow soaking trickle until the ground is frozen, approximately mid-November.
  • Spring - March/April: Fertilize with ‘Countryside Root Starter Blend’. Water twice a week at a slow soaking trickle and leave it running for 5-6 hours for each tree

 

Watering in fall is very important to prepare your trees and shrubs for winter.

Do not water your shrubs during a Chinook in the winter months. This will shock the tree.

Please remember that trees and plants are living things.

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