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Watering Your Landscape the First Year

Heavy Soil

Add water at a trickle to soak the original root ball, but do not flood the hole to overflowing. Understand the soil moisture. Dig a 6-inch deep hole near the root ball of a newly planted plant. Feel the soil, it should never be soggy and should be almost dry to just slightly damp before watering.

Weather ConditionsDaytime HighsWatering Guide
WetTemps not applicableAvoid Watering
CoolTemps under 60° F
  • Little watering needed
  • Water every 6th day at most
WarmTemps 60-80° F
  • Water every 4th day during the first month after planting
  • Water every 6th day after the first month
HotTemps above 80° F
  • Water every 2nd day during the first month after planting
  • Water every 6th day after the first month.

Light Soil

Water thoroughly; watering for longer with a slow trickle will provide the depp watering needed. Normal lawn sprinkling will not provide adequate water for your new landscape plants. Use the following guide for your landscape watering needs.

Weather ConditionsDaytime HighsWatering Guide
WetTemps not applicableSome watering may be needed unless rains have been slow, soaking and at least 1 inch per week.
CoolTemps under 60° F
  • Water every 4th day during the first month after planting.
  • Water every 8th day at most
WarmTemps 60-80° F
  • Water every other day during the first month after planting
  • Water every 6th day after the first month
HotTemps above 80° F
  • Water every day during the first month after planting
  • Water every 4th day after the first month.

Not all plants are the same and need to be watered different amounts. Many factors will determine how much you need to water plants. How do you know how much is enough? We recommend the performing the index finger test. This is where you penetrate the soil around the plant with your index finger for about three inches deep and see how wet it is. If you pull out mud, then you should skip, if it is wet and sticks a little bit, you can wait or add a little bit of water to it. If it is dry then please soak it with water. Not a single plant is in the same condition then the other. Some plants get more sun than others; therefore, they get more evaporation. Some are in direct competition with bigger trees like an oak around, the the oak roots always suck the moisture. These new plants need to have more watering to them with the other bigger tree.

We recommend you research each plant and get to know them. Afterall, you may be quizzed one day, or you can really impress your neighbors who come to you and tell you how beautiful your outdoor look.

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  • “We contacted a number of landscapers before we found Outdoor Makeover. Navid and Omid worked hard on improving our front and backyard. They worked quickly and diligently and now we have a beautiful lawn and outdoor entertainment area. Their customer service was excellent. They called or emailed us a number of times just to make sure everything was right and we were satisfied. Great Job - Great Customer Service - Great People!”

    Patrice & David Alpharetta, GA

  • “While we had a general idea of some things we wanted done, Navid was able to envision a work product beyond that which we could have imagined. In addition to being very accessible, Navid was very customer focused and was intent throughout the project of ensuring that our expectations were met. We were amazed at his team’s ability to execute so quickly from “design” to final product. Expectations were more than exceeded, and we would certainly use Navid and Outdoor Makeover on future projects.”

    Larry S. Atlanta, GA

  • “Navid and his team have exceptional vision and incredible talent for design.
    Outdoor Makeover delivered a plan that is much better than the competitors from design to build. I ended up with an exceptional result that I totally love and enjoy daily. I am very proud to show off my special area in my yard and everyone loves hanging outside now; Navid asked questions to figure out my lifestyle. Furthermore, Navid discovered what I needed and wanted, of which I was unaware when we started the process.”

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  • “Last June, my wife and I contacted Outdoor Makeover regarding replacing the “weeds” in our front lawn with sod, replacement of all shrubs in the front and back yards and the planting several new trees throughout our property. Once we confirmed the design plan, the Outdoor Makeover crew got started immediately. The job soon took on a life of its own and Navid and his crew were ready and willing to be flexible and get the job done. It is a pleasure to work with a professional that understands the meaning of good communication and customer service. The project came out perfect and we are very happy with our new lawn, shrubs and trees. We look forward to a mutually beneficial, long-term relationship with Outdoor Makeover.”

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    Ryan E. Marietta, GA

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