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Soil types and weather conditions in your planting areas have a lot of control over how much you need to water. If your soil is light and sandy you will have to water more often than if your soil is heavy and clay-like. The weather also has a great influence on when and how much you need to water. If it hasn't rained in a while your plants will need more water whereas if it has just rained in the last few days they won't need as much. The best way to check and decide when and how much to water is to check your soil with a soil probe at the edge of the drip line.

Over watering is the number one killer of new plants. This is caused by drowning or suffocating the roots. A plant that is over watered shows the same signs of distress as an under watered plant. Paying attention to your plant and checking the soil with a probe is the best way to keep it healthy. 

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Mulching is the easiest way to protect your new plants. Mulch protects the soil around your plants from erosion and holds moisture in the soil better. Mulching also helps prevent weed growth. When mulching you should lay a base of 2" - 3" thick. You should not stick the mulch against the base of the plants. Placing the mulch too close to the base/stem creates the perfect environment for mold and rot to appear.  



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Here are basic planting instructions that will start your plant off to a good start. Before you plant anything you should check with your local authorities to see if there are any restrictions as to where you can place certain plants. This is one necessary step that should be done before you begin planting. 



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Pruning, when done correctly, can make your plants and shrubs beautiful. If you prune incorrectly, it can cause deformities and damage your plants. There are a few basic guidelines to help you prune properly. You should never prune in extremely hot temperatures because the sun can scold the plant. Even though you can prune at any time of the year, it is best to prune in late winter or early spring before new growth appears. On the other hand if a limb or branch of your tree gets damaged it should be pruned as soon as possible to prevent further complications. When pruning you should make the cuts at the branch collar not the trunk. You should never use a pruning sealer because they have petroleum byproducts in them that can cause damage to the plant. The cuts you make should be slanted to help the healing process. The equipment you use should be very sharp to avoid sawing at the plant. If you have pruned a diseased plant you should clean your equipment with either alcohol or bleach mixed with water. You should make sure to take care of your equipment and clean it often to keep it in the best shape.


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