After Care


Below is a quick overview of Basic Aftercare techniques for your new Gardens.

Please refer to your Aftercare Booklet for more detailed instructions.

Immediate Needs

Watering New Plantings

Freshly planted material has suffered a lot of root damage, and they are not able to uptake as much water. Your new plants should be watered daily for the first 2 weeks (unless it rains that day of course!).  If you miss a day here and there it won’t be the end of the world, but if you’ve just spent a small fortune on landscaping and will be away for extended periods of time, look into having a friend or neighbor drop by to help out.  After the 2 weeks gradually ease off your watering, eventually getting to just once a week MAXIMUM.

Take a moment to read more about Watering Do’s and Don’ts  in Articles section of our website)

Watering Fresh Sod

Avoid walking on freshly laid sod for at least the first week if possible, particularly if the ground is water saturated as this can create uneven bumps and ridges in your new lawn.

Your sod should be watered daily, preferably in the mornings, for the first week.  Water heavily until just before water pools on the surface.  After the first week begin watering every other day for the 2nd week, and then every 3rd day in the 3rd week.  The goal is to get your new sod to deeply root, and it will only do this when it needs to look deeper for water.  Try to eventually only water your lawn during a draught, or at most once per week.

Long Term Needs

Tree Staking

Newly planted trees and some taller shrubs should be staked for the first year in their new home.  After that time the stake and tree tie should be removed to prevent damage to the trunk through abrasion or worse, girdling.  If the tree is in a high wind area a 2nd season may be required for it to set up a good solid support.  The action of the wind upon a tree actually encourages it to grow stabilizing lateral roots.

Seasonal Perennial Care

Many perennials respond well to the same gardening methods, however consult your Aftercare Booklet for details on individual plants’ needs.

We discourage Fall garden bed clean up (except for removing leaves from lawn areas).  The blanket of leaves creates a wonderful insulation to help your plants over winter in case we have a lack of snow fall.  It’s even better if you can shred the leaves and spread them on the garden beds in the fall.

In the spring cut back or remove all of last year’s dead perennial foliage.  For most ornamental grasses cut them down to about 4”-6” above the ground.

Now is a great time to add Mulch!


Mulch is the single best investment you can make towards the long term health of the Garden.  We recommend a fine, organic composted mulch (NOT shredded bark mulches).  Mulch should be applied 2”-3” thick, and brushed away from the crowns of plants to help avoid crown rot.  Generally mulch is needed every other year.


If you have questions about your gardens please do not hesitate to give us a call.