Nursery Stock Guarantee
Expires June 1, 2013
For the guarantee to be valid, please present:
We request your patience on certain deciduous plants because some are very slow in leafing out. If you scratch a small patch of the bark and it is soft and bright green underneath, the chances are good that it will leaf out and thrive. Please do not dig a plant out of the ground if you are not certain that it is dead. Some shrubs die back to the ground every year, please give them time to start new growth.
For plants purchased during the 2012 growing season, we will re-supply one time only, any tree, shrub, hardy shrub rose or evergreen that dies before June 1, 2013.
- NO CASH REFUNDS -
Nursery stock purchased at a discount of 40% or more is
guaranteed for the purchase price only.
We reserve the right to refuse to honor the guarantee. We are not responsible for animal damage, improper care,
growing conditions, lack of or excess moisture or plants that have died in their original containers which have not been planted.
* Please take a few minutes to review the information below for water, planting & winter care instructions.
* We’re always here to help! Call or check our website for more information or advice.
* If you’re not going to plant immediately, store your plants in the shade and check frequently for moisture. On hot days, you may need to water them more than once a day
Trees—Watering and winter care
We recommend newly planted trees be wrapped with a white protective tree wrap late in the fall to help protect against sun scald and rodent and rabbit damage during winter. Remove wrap in the spring. This practice should be continued every year until the bark begins to roughen. The wrap should extend from the ground up to the first tier of branches. Fiber reinforced tape works best to hold up the wrap.
It is very important all trees and shrubs go into winter with ample moisture. If there has been adequate rainfall during fall the amount of watering will be less. It is especially important that all evergreens are watered well late into the fall.
When watering during the growing season, it is best to water less frequently BUT thoroughly than to water more frequently and in small amounts. Usually, with well drained soil, one inch of water every 7-10 days should be sufficient; for a heavy soil, every 14 days. If you have questions on specific plant varieties and soil types, please call any time for help and more information.
Shrubs & Roses—Watering
*If you are not going to plant immediately, store your plants in the shade and check frequently for moisture. On hot days, you may need to water them more than once a day.
After planting, check daily for moisture. The top of the soil will be dry so check by sticking your finger down into the soil approximately 1– to 3-inches to check for moisture. If moisture is present, don’t water. Just as too little water will cause the plant to die so will too much water. More trees and shrubs fail due to over watering than under-watering.
The warmer the weather, the more often watering may be needed. The smaller the plant’s original root ball, the more moisture it may need until it gets established. Usually it takes 2-3 weeks for a plant to get established. Please see item #2 above in the tree section. The amount of sun and wind the shrub is getting will also determine how quickly it will dry out. If you have any questions about these procedures, please feel free to call us.
Planting Potted Trees & Shrubs
Dig a hole twice as wide as the pot but no deeper. The root ball should rest on a solid soil foundation. Remove the container before you plant, carefully handling the root ball. A broken root ball can mean a dead plant. Handle the plant by the root ball and not the trunk when carefully placing it in the hole.
Backfill the hole using mostly the native soil removed from the hole using a small amount of compost. At this time ensure the top of the root ball is slightly above soil level to allow for settling. Never plant the root ball below the soil level or it will mean death to the plant. Fill the hole and firm the soil around the plant. Water thoroughly to settle the soil around the roots and to eliminate any air pockets.
It’s a good idea to use Root & Grow, a root stimulant, with this first watering. However, do not fertilize until next spring. It is also beneficial to use Espoma Bio Tone Starter Plus as a starter supplement.
Before calling it a day, add up to 4-inches of mulch around the base of the plant. Avoid the trunk as a “mulch volcano” will do major damage to your investment. Mulch helps keep down weeds and conserves soil moisture.