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All plants requires water. During certain times nature does not provide enough water. During these times it becomes necessary to make sure adequate water is provided.Water loss occurs in two ways. The first method of water loss is evaporation. The second method of water loss is known as trans evaporation. In this method water is absorbed into the plants roots where it is then used by the plants leaves and finally evaporates. NOTE: A good mulch cover greatly helps retain soil moisture. Applying new mulch every year not only improves the general look of your landscape but also helps your plants retain moisture.The loss of water from soil can be evident in many broad leaf plants as the leaves begin to wilt and hang, generally during the hottest times of the day. As temperatures cool and water is applied an almost immediate rebound by the plant is usually evident in the leaf.

When to water

By general rule of thumb, plants require one inch of water per week. Watering demands are higher when plants are first installed and during very harsh weather seasons. During these times it becomes necessary to make sure plants are receiving at least one inch of water per week. There are many considerations when applying water to plants. First consider the soil. Sandy soil provides more infiltration of water to the plants roots however it also provides better drainage thus requires more water to achieve saturation. Clay type soils hold water longer but are more difficult to infiltrate in order to achieve saturation levels generally due to run off. Attention is needed in order to make sure water is saturating correctly.Understanding your soil conditions will make it easier for you to know which watering techniques to use. In any case try to apply water directly to the top of the root ball directly below the plants foliage. Make sure the water is not being applied to quickly and mostly running off. Water needs to be applied at a rate in which the plant and soil are able to achieve a healthy saturation level.

Precautions

It is best to water at the base of any plant. If this is not possible it is ok to water the foliage however the water needs to soak into the ground in order to be absorbed by the roots. If watering overhead do so in the morning or early in the day. It is best to avoid watering the foliage of most plants especially in the evening. A constant application of water to a plants foliage and watering in the evening can lead to increased chances for disease. Also, watering the foliage only does not allow the water to be absorbed by the roots where it is needed most. Do not over water your plants. Many plants can suffer from Wet Feet. There are many plants that do not do well if watered to much. Evergreen trees are a perfect example of plants which do not like wet feet. If the soil is damp from a previous watering or a recent rain do not apply more water as the soil might still be saturated.

Overview

It is best to ask your landscaper at the time of installation if there are any special watering techniques that should be followed. If you follow the general rule of thumb, one inch per week, your plants should be happy and healthy. Remember, newly installed plants generally require more attention, especially during the summer. After the first two summers most plants require less attention.
Weeds can be unsightly and are a real pain for everyone. Just remember this: weeds can only be as big of a problem as you let them be.

Weeds can harbor insects and disease; they can also rob your plants from nutrients and water. Timely and consistent weed control is needed in order to avoid major problems.

Mulch

Just as with any other asset you wish to keep in check, your yard requires regular upkeep and maintenance in order to ensure its beauty and health. The addition of mulch can help you achieve just that, and it's important that you select the correct option in order to facilitate a healthy lawn and garden. There are many options from which to choose in both color and type, and our staff is skilled in assessing the surrounding area to find the one that will add the most aesthetic appeal while benefiting the flora in the vicinity. Just some of the benefits you can take advantage of when you find the right mulch include: Crucial temperature control Retention of soil conservation and moisture Weed control Increased ability for plants to flourish and grow healthy

Pre-emergent

Appling a pre-emergent such as Preen or any other off the shelf herbicide can greatly reduce future weed problems. Most pre-emergents are granules and need to be applied early in the year. Pre-emergents are applied directly to the mulch surface and do not harm existing plants. In any case when applying chemicals be sure to follow the manufactures directions for the best results.

Post-emergent

When a weed is growing and a pre-emergent is no longer affective a post emergent usually works best. Round Up is a very popular post emergent and is very effective in killing weeds. Special precautions must be taken when using such a product as most post emergents will kill everything including your plants. Be sure to follow the directions in order to achieve desired results.
Mulch is very important to any landscape. In recent years many different types and colors of mulch have become available. Choosing the correct mulch is very important and can have a tremendous affect on the overall look of your landscape. Besides having cosmetic affects, mulch plays several important roles in maintaining the health of your soil and plants.

Mulch helps retain and conserve soil and moisture. Mulch is a natural insulator and helps to maintain soil temperatures. Mulch greatly helps keep weeds from becoming problematic and greatly reduces weeding time.

Mulch breaks down and eventually does become part of your soil. Overtime, the continual reapplication of mulch leads to a healthier soil which helps plants flourish and grow healthy.
Pruning shrubs, trees, and flowering plants is generally best left to professionals. In many cases certain plants require special attention or pruning techniques to assure the health of the plant in the long run.

Correctly trimming your existing plants is one of the most important practices for any landscape. Properly maintaining your plants will help insure optimal blooming and keep them healthy year after year.

Most plants are best pruned during their dormant season before the arrival of new growth. Most flowering shrubs are best pruned after blooming, generally in late fall or winter/early spring before new growth begins.
Warranty: All plants include a limited 1 year warranty. Plants must receive adequate water and care. Most plants require 1 inch of water per week. Infant plants or plants newly installed will require special care. If adequate water and care is not applied plants will die and will not be covered under warranty. Plants damaged by pets, animals, humans, or any other direct or indirect determinable cause will not be warrantied. Any replacement plant covered under warranty installed by Ben Bush Landscapes is subject to a labor charge. Warranty coverage is solely determined by Ben Bush Landscapes. Ben Bush Landscapes can deny any warranty coverage. If your warranty coverage is denied a reason will be provided. Late payments void all warranties.
Warranty: All irrigation systems installed and maintained by Ben Bush Landscapes include a 5 year parts and labor warranty. Warranty is transferable. To keep any warranty coverage valid Ben Bush Landscapes must complete all fall and spring maintenance and or any addtions or adjustments. Warranty does not include repair to any direct or indirect damages, any damages caused or inflicted, most any damages with a determinable cause. Late payments void all warranty coverage.