LANDSCAPE PLANT LIMITED GUARANTEE
THE SUCCESS OR FAILURE OF LANDSCAPE PLANTS DEPENDS UPON THEIR CARE.
GOOD SOIL, SUFFICIENT WATER AND ADEQUATE DRAINAGE ARE NECESSARY FOR PLANTS TO LIVE.
GREENRPO SERVICES GUARANTEES PLANT MATERIAL TO BE TRUE TO NAME AND IN A HEALTHY, GROWING CONDITION WHEN INSTALLED. IT IS THEN THE OWNER’S RESPONSIBILITY TO SEE THAT THEIR LANDSCAPE PLANTS RECEIVE SUFFICIENT WATER AND FERTILIZER DURING THE GROWING SEASON (MAY 1 TO OCT 1) TO STAY HEALTHY.
LANDSCAPE PLANTS, WHEN NEWLY INSTALLED, SUFFER FROM TRANSPLANT SHOCK, ESPECIALLY DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. IT IS IMPORTANT THEREFORE TO GIVE YOUR PLANTS THE PROPER CARE IN ORDER TO MINIMIZE STRESS. SHRUBS AND TREES ARE GUARANTEED FOR A ONE YEAR PERIOD FROM THE DATE OF INSTALLATION AND WILL BE REPLACED ONLY ONCE, SHOULD THE PLANT MATERIAL DIE. ANNUALS, PERENNIALS, GROUNDCOVER AND BULBS ARE NOT COVERED BY THE WARRANTY. GREENPRO SERVICES WILL REPLACE PLANTS DURING THE OPTIMUM TIMES FOR PLANTING; SPRING AND FALL.
GREENPRO SERVICES IS NOT OBLIGATED TO REPLACE PLANTS DAMAGED OR KILLED BY ABNORMAL WEATHER CONDITIONS, INSECT OR DISEASE INFESTATION, OTHER PESTS, OR MECHANICAL DAMAGE BEYOND OUR CONTROL. GREENPRO SERVICES WILL NOT REPLACE PLANTS WHICH HAVE EXPERIENCED COMMON “SEASONAL DIE-BACK” WHERE PRUNING IS SUFFICIENT FOR REJUVENATION. MOVING THE LANDSCAPING PLANTS FROM THEIR ORIGINAL LOCATION WILL VOID THE WARRANTY. GREENPRO SERVICES CANNOT GUARANTEE THAT WEEDS WILL NOT GROW IN MULCH OR TOPSOIL BEDS DUE TO THE GERMINATION OF DORMANT WEED SEEDS PREVALENT IN THE SOIL.
ALL ORDERS ARE ACCEPTED ON THE ABOVE CONDITIONS AND NO OTHER WARRANTY OR GUARANTEE OF ANY KIND, EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED, IS ASSUMED. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS CONCERNING PLANT CARE, GREENPRO SERVICES WILL BE GLAD TO HELP YOU.
Landscapes can never be entirely maintenance free. There are several guidelines that you, as an owner, must follow to maintain your newly installed landscape plants. The basic needs besides light, are water, fertilizer, mulch and pruning. Some plants will require specific care and we suggest that you consult your local garden center for reference material, or hire a professional plant care specialist to maintain your landscape.
Watering is the most important need of landscape plants. They need about 1”
of water per week or soil moisture to a depth of 8 to 12”. A lot of water on top of the ground doesn’t help unless it soaks down to the roots.
The Finger Test: Stick your finger through the mulch down into the soil about 3”. If the soil feels moist, do not water. If the soil feels dry, water. Plants do not need water on a daily basis, so be careful not to over-water since the Southwest Ohio clay soils tend to hold water.
A. WATERING METHODS
1. Place a slow trickle of water or a soaker hose at the base of each plant for 15 to 30 minutes.
2. For larger trees, inject a root feeder at the edge of the root ball of each plant, 3 to 4 places for 4 to 5 minutes each. This is the best method. Fertilizer can also be applied through a root feeder. Follow the directions on the package for the correct dosage. The root feeder and fertilizer tablets can be purchased through GreenPro Services, your local garden center, or hardware store.
B. SEASONAL WATERING NEEDS
1. SPRING: Normal rains will take care of most water needs unless the previous winter was relatively dry. Check soil moisture 1 to 2 times a month through May. Pay particular attention to first-year plants.
2. SUMMER: Summer is the most important time to check soil moisture (weekly) and water about every two weeks. You may need to water weekly in very hot dry weather, or if plants are newly installed. Beware, light summer showers don’t provide enough moisture for newly planted or first-year landscape plants. It is important to not spray water over the top of shrubs and trees in the heat of the day, as this will scorch the leaves.
3. FALL: Some people don’t realize that September and October are important months to keep plants moist. Plants should not go into winter with dry soil or roots, because winter sun and winds are just as hard on plants as summer droughts. If the late summer and early fall have been dry, check the soil for adequate moisture.
Plants located under building overhangs get very little moisture from rain. They must be watered by hand, so keep your eye on them.
D. CLAY SOILS
Most soil around new homes is heavy clay that holds moisture. Be careful no to over-water. Plants can die from too much water as well as from not enough water. Use the finger test.
Fertilizer is plant food. Use a balanced blend such as 13-13-13.
Sprinkle a small handful around the base of the plant, but don’t let it stay on the bark or twigs; wash it off with water. Water the plant thoroughly, or use a liquid fertilizer at the recommended concentration.
Spread 2 to 3 large handfuls around the base from the edge of the root ball out to the drip line of the canopy. Big trees will need more than small trees. Root feeders are an excellent way to fertilize and water trees.
C. EVERGREENS AND BROADLEAF EVERGREENS:
Evergreens and Broadleaf Evergreens (i.e. yews, junipers, azaleas, rhododendrons) prefer a fertilizer such as MIRACID brand fertilizer that will increase the acidity of the soil. Follow the directions on the package for application rates.
Mulch helps create a uniform and tidy landscape, but more importantly, it helps the soil hold moisture, protects roots from drastic winter temperature changes and restricts weed growth in the plant beds. For best results, apply a 2” to 3” depth of mulch. Be careful not to let mulch build up to more than 3” to 4” depth from season to season because this will smother feeder roots and may cause harm to the trunks of trees and shrubs.
Pruning helps the general shape and appearance of plants. Pruning shrubs and trees will keep them from becoming overgrown and allow light to filter through the plant. For the most part, trees are best pruned in the fall. Shrubs should also be pruned in the fall, with the exception of broadleaf evergreens, which are best pruned late spring after their blooming season.
Support stakes and wires should remain on the trees for 1 year or until the tree establishes new feeder roots. Do not leave the stakes and wires on for more than 1-1/2 years or the tree could be stunted or girdled. Check the wire and hoses to ensure that the tree trunk is not being damaged. If so, loosen wire.
Immediately water thoroughly, especially during the summer months. Water thoroughly to the bottom of the hole. NO FERTILIZER FOR 30 DAYS. Mulch 3” deep.
Water 1 to 2 times per month. Check weekly in the summer using the “Finger Test.” Fertilize 30 days after planting. Pull weeds as needed.
Water thoroughly once a month, fertilize twice a year (early spring and early fall.)
Remove any stakes or guy wires after 1 year. Remember that plants are living things. They need your help with a little water, fertilizer, mulch, and some yearly pruning. This simple care will protect your investment and enhance the appearance of your property.