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Plant Care Guide

Watering & Care Instructions 


Thank you for your business! To ensure the guarantee on the plant material,

the following care and instructions must be followed:


Proper watering of new plants is essential.  Two important facts: plants need water and oxygen.  Obviously, little or no water will most likely result in plants not surviving.  It is important to understand that plants can also be over watered.  If plants are over-watered roots may rot and plants may suffer and could also be lost.  It is important that plants have a chance to dry out between watering(s) in order for the roots to receive sufficient oxygen.  


Typically, the larger the plant the more water is needed. Keep in mind that larger plants may also retain water longer and therefore most likely do not need to be watered as often.


Also take in account that the water pressure, if it is below normal then it is recommended to water additionally to ensure that adequate water is applied.  More frequent watering is important when other factors are present such as high weather temperatures and windy days.   


A easy way check moisture content is with a trowel or small spade shovel by digging a few inches in the ground. If the soil is muddy then there is obviously to much water being used and if crumbles then of course the soil is much to dry. The soil should be moist and you should be able to roll it into a ball when the moisture level is the best.


If common sense is followed, these instructions will allow the new planting(s) to flourish.  Special attention to watering care is needed for the first six months.


If there are questions call Marc’s Lawn Care promptly at 715-864-0384.

Ground cover(s), Seed or Sod:


  • Ground covers and perennials should be watered in fashion that will allow the root zone to soak up water meaning the top 6-8 inches a using a soaker hose is recommended or a hand type watering device or aerial watering device can be used.


  • Sod coloring should be green at all times in the event it starts to have a bluish tint or pigment and or if when walked on and the blades of the turf do not spring back up then it needs to be watered immediately.


  • In the event sod does turn a blue pigment or even if there are brownish areas it is not dead and must be watered immediately and twice the normal amount of water to revive the sod until sod is green again.


  • Sod corners need to extra attention and most likely additional watering around pavement that dries out much quicker due to the heat in the pavement and nearby stone under the pavement that the water travels to.


  • Sod must be watered twice daily on days that exceed a temperature of 70 degrees.


  • Sod should be watered in early morning, this is the most beneficial time to water, and sod should not be watered if at all possible in the heat of the day. 


  • Sod should not be walked on for first two to three months


  • Sod watering is recommended by using an aerial watering device; a hand-watering device may be also used.


  • Sod should now be mowed until it has knit to the soil, check if sod has knit to the soil by tugging at several areas to test for results in several locations before mowing


  • Seed should be mowed only when the average height of the blades of grass are between four and five inches in height.


  • Seed should be watered typically as often as sod and a basic indication of to much water is a muddy and or wash out of soils occur, in the event the soil has crumbled effect or cracked at all then water is needed immediately.



Water shrubs individually and when a sufficient amount of water has been supplied the area within and around the root ball should be moist when a probe is entered into the ground, a common tool to help check the moisture content would be a large kitchen knife.  For shrub watering a hand watering device is recommended or a soaker hose may be used.  Do not use an aerial watering device.  



For tree watering a deep root feeder device is recommended or simply lay the hose next to the base of the trunk of the tree and only allow the water to run at half volume Do not use an aerial watering device.

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