Maintenance

Garden Barn Landscape Maintenance

Landscape Maintenance

Garden Barn Landscape Maintenance

Here you will find some helpful tips on maintaining your newly-planted or well-established landscape. For specific tips and information, you can always call us at 860-872-7291, e-mail us at info@gardenbarn.com, or stop by our store at 228 West Street in Vernon. 

 

Watering
New plants should be well-watered throughout their first growing season (in the ground). It's important to only water the roots of the plant so it gets as much moisture as possible. Watering the foliage of any plant can cause burning or an accumulation of mildew, fungus, or mold. For the first 2-3 weeks your plant is in the ground, it should be watered everyday. Perennials require 10 seconds of watering, shrubs require 20 seconds, and trees need at least 60 seconds of water. After the first 2-3 weeks, you may be able to decrease your watering schedule to just a few times a week (depending on the season and the environment). At this point, it is good practice to allow the soil surface to dry out between watering. Once your plants are established they only need water weekly, during dry spells.

 

Root Master B-1
To encourage successful transplanting and accelerate root development, we recommend Root Master. It's a root growth hormone that helps to prevent transplant shock in your newly-installed landscape. Water your plants with the diluted solution (1 tsp. of Root Master per 1 gal. of water) once a week for the first six weeks. (1 gal. of solution per 1 ft. of plant height.)

 

Fertilizing
We recommend fertilizing your plants upon installation, as well as every spring thereafter. Depending on which brand of fertilizer your prefer, the application amounts will vary (use as instructed on the container of your fertilizer). 

 

Mulch and Stone
Gardeners traditionally use mulch to line their landscape beds. Mulch benefits your garden by retaining moisture, preventing weeds, and regulating the soil temperature. The downfall to using mulch is that it decomposes overtime and must be replaced every so often. Another option is using stone instead of mulch. Stone will provide the same benefits for plants as mulch does, except it will not decompose. When spreading stone or mulch, it is advised to use weed mat (landscape fabric) as a barrier above the soil. This barrier will help in preventing weeds and can last up to six years. Mulch should be spread in a thick layer of 2-3 inches for maximum efficiency. For our mulch/stone selection and pricing, click here

 

Pruning
Pruning is recommended for many trees, shrubs, and perennials. It helps promote flower growth and a full shape overall. Most flowering shrubs can be pruned after they're done blooming. Roses, including Knock Outs, should be cut back in early spring to approximately one-third of their overall height. Some hydrangeas can be pruned after May 15th, but depending on the variety, they may not need pruning at all. If you have hydrangeas, become familiar with each individual variety as they tend to have different needs. For additional info on pruning hydrangeas, see this website. Most non-blooming evergreens (plants that do NOT lose their foliage) should be pruned for shape in early to mid spring. Perennials and grasses should be cut back between late fall and early spring.

 

Weed Control
While mulch and stone can help prevent weeds from growing, it is a good idea to apply a pre-emergent before spreading your mulch/stone. Preen is a product we recommend to prevent the germination of weeds in the future. It does not kill existing weed roots, so it is best to remove perennial weeds before applying Preen. Preen can be applied every year from April to late June. When combined with a thick layer of mulch, Preen will keep your garden beds from being overgrown with weeds. 

 

Winter Protection 
To protect your evergreens (plants that do NOT lose their foliage) over the winter, we recommend Wilt-Pruf. When applied in November, Wilt-Pruf will help protect your evergreens from drying out during our arid New England winters. For details on applying Wilt-Pruf, click here. It's also important to protect any newly-planted trees for their first three winters. To prevent the trunks of your trees from cracking and splitting, wrap them with paper tree wrap or vinyl tree guard which you can find at our store. 

 

If you feel too overwhelmed with maintaining your landscape, don't worry! We can do it for you. Our trained landscape crews can keep your gadens healthy, happy, and beautiful throughout the seasons. No job is too big for our landscapers and the finished product will be more impressive than you could imagine. Check out some of our past landscapes. If you have any questions about our landscaping services, feel free to e-mail us at landscaping@gardenbarn.com