TOP 5 TIPS for Summer-Planted Plants
Spring and fall planting has the least amount stressors for new trees, shrubs and perennials because of the mild weather, and more rain in the spring. Planting in the summer, with the peak sun, searing heat, and drying winds are just added stressors to new plants but it doesn’t mean you can’t plant. With a few extra precautions you can make it work and your plants will do fine!
1.MOST IMPORTANT! – WATERING
Water deeply. At least 1″ of water a week. This might be every 5-7 days for larger trees and shrubs since their root systems are deeper and can retain water. A slow stream of hose water for 15-20 min should do the trick. We like to use one 5 gallon bucket, with 1/8th holes drilled in to slowly drip. Perennials: Water every 3 days.
The rain will help but still check the soil regularly by pushing your finger a couple inches into the soil before you water, EACH TIME. If it’s moist, wait to water. Remember, even drought tolerant plants need a couple of years to fully mature and need deep thorough watering. Searing heat and windy days can require you to water more often as well since your plants are losing more moisture.
2. PROPER PLANTING TECHNIQUE
Make sure to follow our planting guide (See image below) on the back of our Winter Hardiness Warranty Slip that comes with all trees and shrubs. Mix in compost and slow release fertilizer with beneficial fungi, bacteria, and nutrients, like Bio-Tone, into your native soil to help get your newly planted shrubs, trees, and perennials off to a strong start!
Use 2-3 inches of mulch around your plants to help retain water and keep soil cool during hot and dry days. Mulch around the root zone and keep the mulch 2-3 inches away from the stem of the plant.
4.READ THE LEAVES
Summer-planted plants shouldn’t wilt. More water sensitive plants, especially new perennials with shallow root systems, will tell you if they need more water. Slight wilting during the day with moist soil might just be heat/light stress. If they are still wilting after the sun is going down, they are most likely under-watered. Give them a watering in the evening if needed. The leaves will come back to life if they have plenty of water. Experience is key here and watching your plant is the best method to learn what they need.
5. PLANTING TIME
Planting on a cloudy day is also less stressful for them. If the cloudy day is followed by a day or two of rain, all the better! You can also plant in the evening, deeply water, and give it half a day before it gets blasted with the summer sun.