Care & Maintenance of your Newly Installed Landscape

Newly planted shrubs and trees need extra care until they are established.  Below are easy care instructions to assist with proper growth and development.

Watering Trees and Shrubs:

If there is less than 1 inch of rainfall per week, water as follows: Trees will need to be watered two times per week in hot, dry weather and one time in cooler weather.  Water for 3 to 5 minutes or until water starts to flow out of the hole.  Shrubs will need to be watered two times per week in hot, dry weather and one time per week in cooler weather.  Water each shrub for 2 to 3 minutes.

Fertilizer – Trees and Shrubs:

Your newly planted trees and shrubs have been fertilized.  We recommend the following fertilization schedule for your trees, shrubs, and groundcover:

1.  Deciduous trees – Evergreen trees

2.  When: 12 Months after planting; Type: Tree stakes or full purpose granular feed according to package directions.

3.  Deciduous shrubs – Evergreen shrubs

When: Fall – September 1 – 15     Spring: March 15 – April 15   Type: Balance fertilizer like 10-10-10

4.  Groundcover

When: September 1-15 and March 15 – April 15  Type: Liquid Miracle Gro, or 20-20-20, 2-3 applications 2 weeks apart

5.  Annuals – Perennial

When:  Spring through June  Type: Liquid fertilizer, similar to groundcover instructions.  Work granular fertilizer (like 10-10-10) into soil when planting.


Your newly staked trees are to remain stakes for 12 months.  This allows the trees to stabilize in the soil and start root growth.

Preparation for Winter:

In the late fall up to mid-December evergreens would be thoroughly watered and mulched, if necessary and is the owners’ responsibility.  This will ensure that your plants have a reserve of water to help replenish what they loose in the crisp winter winds.  The mulch (2-3″ deep) will keep the water in the soil rather than evaporating and will moderate soil temperature, protecting the plant’s roots.  During dry, mild winter months, watering may be necessary.

If you have any questions or concerns about your plants, please give us a call at (301) 567-0210.  Come by and visit our Nursery at 8911 Oxon Hill Road, Fort Washington, Maryland for your additional plant needs.