Care & Planting of Nursery Stock

We are pleased that you have chosen to do business with us and we would like to offer a few suggestions for the maintenance of your plantings through their first growing season.

You may find with the first two or three waterings that the soil that has been installed around the plant will settle. If it settles to expose the burlap ball, a little garden soil can be added around the plant.

In order to get your plant material growing as quickly as possible, the following are some care guidelines that we recommend that you follow:

Generally, your new plant material will NOT require the amount of moisture most people think necessary. The most accurate method for checking water requirements is to pull mulch back from around the center of the plant, and pick up a small amount of soil. Squeeze the soil in your hand and attempt to make a ball. If the soil is sticky and muddy, the plant has excess moisture and needs to dry out further. Check again in a few days. If the soil stays in a ball but is not sticky, the moisture is sufficient and the plant should, once again, be checked in a few days. If the soil does not stay together, the soil is dry and should be watered immediately. Lay a garden hose at the center of the plant and allow water to trickle on for ten to fifteen minutes. The exception to this would be the smaller, one-gallon size shrubs. The root ball of these plants often dry out faster than the surrounding soil, and will need to be checked more frequently during the first few months. Whether your plantings are evergreen or deciduous, plants will benefit from syringing, which consists of misting down the foliage of the plant. This cools the plant, which allows establishment with much less difficulty. It is important to avoid syringing so much that the ground becomes saturated around the plant. Syringing is most often beneficial in the heat of summer when winds are blowing hard. If we have sufficient rains in between waterings, generally a watering can be skipped. However, if we go into a drought period, you will want to check plants every seven to ten days. All watering recommendations should be altered in relation to the weather we are experiencing, and whether you have a sprinkler system that waters the plants. Yards that have sprinkler systems should take extra care as to not overwater the new plantings. Grass typically requires more water than do most plants. We find that a high percentage of new plantings are actually stressed or die due to over watering by sprinkler systems. All plant materials should be deep watered in the late fall, just before we go into winter. This includes established plants as well as newly planted material. If you are unsure, please feel free to call the nursery for guidance. Let's be water wise. Help conserve one of our most precious resources.

At the beginning of the next growing season, a good balanced tree food should be applied to all evergreens, trees, and flowering shrubs. Fertilization of this type can be done through the growing season with benefits, but avoid applying nitrogen fertilizer in late summer to early fall. This encourages flushes of new growth, which will not harden off before the first frost. Investment in a deep waterer, such as a Ross Root Feeder, with its fertilization capsules, is probably one of the cheapest investments in growing shade trees and evergreens.

Do not be concerned should the wires or ropes loosen as the tree settles and starts to grow. It is not necessary for the wires or ropes to remain perfectly taut, as the tree should be able to have some sway with the wind to strengthen its trunk so that it can support itself when the stakes are removed. All staking should remain through the entire first year after the tree is planted. If it is a plant material of exceptionally large size, we will highly recommend the staking be left through the second growing season and then be removed. Make sure that the guy wires from the stakes remain within the tubing or hosing around the trunk and that the wires are not rubbing on the tree trunk.

Campbell's use every precaution in the growing and handling of nursery stock so as to supply only vigorous plants of the highest quality and true to name. In the event that any tree, shrub, evergreen, or vine (no other plants included) fails to survive the first year from the date on which it is received, it will be replaced once at no additional charge, subject to availability. Replacement plants provided under these terms carry no further warranty. Labor charges for replanting are not included unless originally planted by Campbell's. Plants installed in above-ground containers and hybrid garden roses are not guaranteed over winter.

For this warranty to be effective, planting and maintenance procedures must be followed as described in the PLANTING AND CARE GUIDE accompanying each order; the account paid in full when due; proof of purchase furnished; and plant failure reported within the one year warranty period. This warranty is void where damage or death of plant has been caused by mechanical injury (vandalism, animal damage, vehicle damage, etc.) We ask the privilege of inspecting any plant in question and suggesting corrective action if indicated.

The warranty is non-transferable and is valid only where material is installed on residential, commercial, or institutional property of the purchaser. Any subsequent resale of purchased plant material renders this warranty null and void.

At no time shall Campbell's be liable for a sum greater than the purchase price paid. This warranty is in lieu of any other warranties, expressed or implied.

This guarantee does not apply to annuals or perennial plants, ground covers, roses, seeds, bulbs, tubers, tropical plants, planters, terrariums, gardenias, hibiscus, or material grown in patio containers.

We hope the above will give you guidelines that will allow you to establish your landscape more quickly and with minimal plant material loss. Should you have any questions, please feel free to call the nursery and we will be happy to assist you in any way possible.


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