WATERING & PLANT CARE FOR YOUR LANDSCAPE

Winesett Nursery provides a one-year guarantee on plantings supplied and installed by us, with exceptions noted in our warranty. However, our guarantee is contingent upon the owner providing proper watering and care. Be sure to read the following general instructions on watering and care. If you have any further questions concerning the care requirements for your new plantings, please contact your designer/sales person. Newly installed plants need extra care and watering attention after being planted. Newly planted plants have to adjust to a new environment and sometimes will shock. This is normal -- don’t panic! Knowledge and patience must be applied at this time. Treat plants like living things and they will reward you with beauty and years of enjoyment...

BED MAINTENANCE & APPEARENCE

Mulching beds minimizes weed growth and helps retain moisture and nutrients around your plantings. Areas of bare soil will invite weeds. We recommend annual mulching for the health of your plants and to keep your beds looking fresh. Mulch is an organic material and does decompose over time. New planting beds are cultivated and irrigated to be favorable for your new desirable plantings. This is a necessity to ensure their success. Undesirable weeds can also thrive in the improved soil conditions and be hard to control and difficult to get rid of if left unchecked early...

HOW TO CARE FOR NEW SOD

Sod is very perishable if not properly cared for after installation. We warranty sod to be true to variety and to be in sound, healthy condition upon delivery & installation only. Our “Guidelines for Irrigation” is a good start if you are using an irrigation system to water your landscape. New lawn areas may have different exposures from area to area within the landscape - so monitoring and adjusting the watering is critical to your success...


GUIDELINES FOR IRRIGATION

Because exposures (sun, wind, shade etc.) can vary it is important to monitor the watering and make adjustments to your irrigation schedule from area to area within your landscape. After the initial soaking, it is best to water thoroughly, but as infrequently as possible. In Tidewater we see much more plant death occurring the first year due to over watering than under watering. This is because of our clay soils and poor drainage. If plantings are continually irrigated without monitoring the roots can rot from sitting in water for long periods of time, causing decline and plant loss...


VOLE CONTROL TIPS

Voles are small rodents that burrow through the soil, often just under the surface, leaving small one inch holes around your plants. They are related to the common house mouse and can be just as destructive in the landscape and garden as a house mouse in your home. These garden pests often damage or kill your landscape plantings by eating away at the roots and can even cause damage to underground sprinkler lines... 


TIPS FOR IMPROVING FLOWERING PERENNIALS

Did you know flowers not replaced seasonally ~ come back every year? Flowering perennials will enhance the beauty of any garden and come back to their glory season after season when properly cared for. The purpose of the flowers for the plant is to produce seeds. Once a majority of the flowers have faded the plant’s energy will be re-purposed to produce seeds. To eliminate unwanted seedlings and allow perennials to flourish with an optimum appearance the best thing to do is remove the spent blooms...


HOW TO CALIBRATE YOUR IRRIGATION SYSTEM

During the hottest months of the growing season (June, July, August) in Tidewater your lawn and plants will benefit from at least 1 inch applied in the form of rainwater, irrigation water or both. [reference: Pub. 426-322 Virginia Cooperative Ext.]  Immediate soaking and often daily watering for the first week or two after your new landscape has been installed is a necessity to lessen the stress of transplant and/or aid in germination. For this reason our technician has set up run times for the different stations (zones) based on the type of sprinklers or drip installed in that zone to get you started and set the schedule for more frequent watering...