Temps are heating up. If you’ve recently planted new shrubs or trees, keep in mind that those young plants will take a little extra care to help get them through the hottest months of the year.
The reason for this is pretty straightforward: directly after planting, shrubs and trees need time to adjust to their new surroundings and put down roots. Scorching summer temperatures add even more stress to a plant’s system when it’s already in this more vulnerable state.
You can help give your young, newly installed plants a leg up and a better chance at surviving the summer by providing extra irrigation. A good rule of thumb is to keep the shrub’s or tree’s root ball wet for the first three weeks after planting by watering every day.
In addition, make sure your irrigation system is configured properly to accommodate your new plants. For 24” box trees, use 4 emitters (2 gallons per hour) around the tree for 75 minutes. For 5 gallon shrubs, place 2 emitters (1 gph) on either side of the plant for 45 minutes. If you notice water pooling reduce the run times.