FAQ & Warranty
In this area we answer some of our more common questions from customers and guests. If you need further information about anything, always feel free to contact us directly!
You don’t need to be an experienced horticulturist to understand proper watering techniques and to enjoy success with your new plants...
The most common cause of failure when new plants are establishing themselves is proper watering, (ie. too much or too little). There must be sufficient water to reach all the way to the bottom of the root ball. At the time of planting, watering aids in settling the soil, improving soil-root contact, and assuring ad- equate initial moisture. The first few months of watering are crucial to the survival of your new tree or shrub. The following 2-3 years after planting, watering aids in providing adequate soil moisture while root systems are becoming established.
There is no such thing as watering by schedule…
Water according to current conditions and the needs of the plant—deep watering less frequently! Check soil conditions by pushing aside mulch and touching the soil. Water only if soil feels dry. If you are uncertain about soil conditions, a moisture meter (available at Holly Days) is a simple, useful tool. Several factors will determine how often your plant needs watering. Among these are soil type, exposure, type and size of plant(s), and recent rainfall.
Checking Soil Conditions—Pull away the mulch surrounding the plant, shrub, or tree. Dig down 3-4 inches around the edge of the root ball and take up some soil in your hand. If moisture can be squeezed out, or if it easily sticks together in a ball, do not water. Check the soil again in a few days. If, when you take up the soil in your hand, it crumbles and will not stick together, it is time to water.
Water deeply—less frequently!
Shrubs and trees cannot effectively be watered by hand watering. The best practice is to place a hose at the base of the plant and let the water flow at a slow trickle for 20 minutes on small shrubs and 2 hours on trees. If you setup sprinklers on the shrubs, Figure on 2-3 hours minimum of watering. For large plants and trees use your sprinkler overnight.
Consider other features…
Not all areas of the landscape will need to be watered at the same time. To ensure proper watering, check the status of your soil in diverse areas of your landscape, e.g., a sloped area, a flat area, shaded or partially shaded area, etc. Signs of water stress from too little water include wilting, a change of leaf color (from shiny to dull) and premature leaf fall.
Do not over water!
Signs of over watering include yellowing, dropping leaves from center of plant, wilting and damp mulch. Examine the soil 5″ down next to the root ball. If it is damp or wet, let it dry out. If it is dry, give it some water.
Watering should not be done when the ground is frozen…
All recently transplanted trees should go into winter with ample moisture in the soil.
Why should I mulch?
WEED CONTROL: When mulch is spread over your beds, it reduces the amount of light reaching weed seedlings and prevents their growth.
MOISTURE RETENTION: Mulch helps reduce the speed of water evaporation, thus reducing the frequency of watering. ATTRACTIVE APPEARANCE: Whether you choose one of our traditional root and bark mulches, or our colored “Black Night” mulch, each will provide a neat, uniform look to your landscape.
TEMPERATURE CONTROL: Mulch acts as insulation for your plants. It will keep your plants warmer in the winter and
cooler in the summer.
DECOMPOSITION: As mulch decomposes over time, it will help supply nutrients to your soil and plants.
How much mulch do I need?
Normally, a 2-3″ layer of mulch is recommended. One cubic yard (27 cubic feet) will cover roughly 162 square feet if spread 2” thick. Be sure to smooth the mulch evenly by using a rake, or your hands. Mulch that is lightly patted into place will last longer and prevent soil erosion. When you are finished, a light watering on your mulch will ensure a smooth and finished look.
How much mulch is too much mulch?
As beneficial as mulch is, too much can be harmful. The generally recommended mulching depth is 2 to 4 inches. Unfortunately, North American landscapes are falling victim to a plague of over- mulching. A new term, “mulch volcanoes,” has emerged to describe mulch that has been piled up around the base of trees. Most organic mulches must be replenished, but the rate of decomposition varies. Some mulch, such as cypress mulch, can remain intact for many years. Top dressing with new mulch annually (often for the sake of refreshing the color) creates a build-up to depths that can be unhealthy. Deep mulch can be effective in suppressing weeds and reducing maintenance, but it often causes additional problems.
When should I mulch?
Spring and fall are the best times, but mulch can be spread any time of the year, including winter.
Which mulch is right for me?
We offer the following mulches:
COLORED MULCHES: Black Night, Beautiful Brown, and Red Rose are colored hardwood mulch. The ability to hold their color throughout the year has made these our most popular mulches. The colored mulches have good stability qualities that make them ideal for steep hills and berms. They are made from hardwoods.
TRIPLE GROUND ROOT MULCH: All-organic, aged root mulch is an excellent complement to any landscape bed. It is comprised of aged wood chips and ground roots. It is brown in color.
PREMIUM HEMLOCK MULCH: All-organic bark mulch has rich color and fibrous texture which holds well on slopes. Distinctive fragrance deters some insects.
At Holly Days we are dedicated to providing you with professional tools to assist you in getting the job done right. We take pride in our knowledge and know-how. Our efforts are focused on ensuring that you are able to come and get the exact gardening, landscaping, or outdoor environment necessities you were in search of and even more.
Why Choose Us
Our employees take pride in the products and services that they deliver to guests at Holly Days Garden Center. The right guidence can go a long way in maintaining a successful garden.
1201 Horsham Rd.
Ambler, PA 19002
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