Water your newly planted tree or shrub by using a slow, deep watering method. B&B and container plant roots dry out faster than the soil around them, so it is important to monitor their soil moisture. Water slowly to attain deep water penetration which encourages widespread root development. We call it “slow and low”. Using a soaker hose or Gator Bag helps accomplish this and reduces water runoff. Not accounting for rain, you will need to water once every 2-3 days during the first month or two depending on season planted. Taper the watering to every 7-10 days to force the plant to seek water. During hot, dry periods you may need to increase frequency. (Newly planted trees and shrubs need about 1” of water a week for the first growing season.) We highly recommend using Root Master B1 every watering for the first month. B1 stimulates rapid white hair root growth (the roots that absorb water).
General Watering guidelines:
- 1 gal. Pot – trickle water for approx. 15-20 minutes
- 2 gal. Pot – trickle water for approx 30-40 minutes
- 3 gal. Pot – trickle water for approx 40-50 minutes
- 4 gal. To 7 gal. – trickle water for approx 60 minutes
- B&B – trickle water for 60-70 minutes
Remember, if it rains for 1 hr, it probably was not enough water for a newly planted shrub or tree.