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Remember that plants are living and require special care. Once we install your landscape you have the responsibility to continue caring for the plants, preventing weeds, and looking out for potential problems. The following general instructions will help you enjoy and maintain your investment. The following should serve as a general reference–every situation is different and simply requires regular oversight and care.
· Check new plantings daily for the first two weeks. Thereafter, plants should be checked two to three times per week. Simply dig around the root zone with your fingers to a depth of 2-3” for small plants and 6-8” for larger ones and trees. Water generously when the soil feels dry to the touch.
· Slow, deep watering is preferred. This type of watering is accomplished by placing the hose at the base of a plant, at a heavy trickle, and water 5-10 minutes for small plants, longer for larger plants, while moving the hose in a few locations around the plant base. Up to an hour and moved twice is not uncommon with larger 4” caliper trees. We recommend the use of watering bags on larger stock.
· When the soil feels moist, do not water. Soil must be allowed to dry out between watering. If a plant is maintained in constantly moist soil, the plant’s health will deteriorate over time. A plant weakened by over watering may die of oxygen deprivation or become susceptible to pest and disease.
· Monitoring water requirements frequently is more important than watering frequently. Monitor your plants regularly for the first 1-2 years. Plants close to buildings where heat may reflect and plants under roof eaves may require closer monitoring. During the hot, summer months, disregard natural rainfall as the rain produced during these periods produces mostly runoff and contributes little, if any, to increasing ground moisture.
· Maintain a 3” mulch layer. This will help to conserve ground moisture, prevent weeds and retain moisture. Remember, excess amounts of mulch can result in poor air circulation and reduce plant vigor.
· We recommend using a balanced fertilizer (i.e., 12-12-12) plant food with micronutrients. Be sure to follow label instructions.
· Your plants are guaranteed to be free from pests and disease upon installation. We use disease and pest resistant plant varieties whenever available and applicable.
· Be observant of changes in plant vigor and growth. Plants are more susceptible to disease and pests if they are weakened through poor maintenance practices such as over or under watering. It is good to make it a practice to walk your landscape and observe your plants’ progress so you can spot symptoms and signs of disease or insect infestations well in advance of any serious problems.
What is the warranty when Spencer’s Tree & Landscape Solutions LLC. has installed my landscaping?
We offer a one year limited warranty for all woody plant material installed by STLS. ( We cannot offer a warranty on plants not installed by STLS.)
What is the difference between a woody plant, perennials and/or annuals?
In our warranty, STLS defines a woody plant that is either a shrub or tree having multiple permanent stems branching from or near the ground and/or trunk. Woody plants may be deciduous, meaning they shed their leaves for a season, or an evergreen, meaning they keep their leaves and/or canopy throughout all four seasons. Perennials are plants that may appear dormant for a season when the above ground portion of the plant dies down to or very near the ground and returns year after year. While still having a somewhat tender root system, they can provide years of enjoyment . Annuals are plants with a life cycle that last 1 year and must be replanted from starts or seed.
What is not included in the warranty?
· Perennials and annuals are excluded from this warranty as they are not a woody plant.
· Plants that have been transplanted are excluded from the warranty.
· Replacement of plants that die or have been affected by extreme weather conditions such as drought, prolonged low/high temperatures, early and late season frost, severe freezes, floods, damaging winds, etc. These are things out of our control and not the result of a plant quality issue. Therefore, we do not warranty.
· Replacement of plants that are damaged or die as a result of insect infestation or disease. If you should encounter these issues, we can apply controls for a reasonable fee.
· Replacement of plants that are injured or die as a result of improper cultural practices such as over or under watering/fertilizing or damage from chemical applications, etc.
· Due to shallow root systems and/or susceptibility to moisture and temperature extremes, we do not warranty plants in pots or planter boxes, annuals, groundcovers, and bulbs.
· Due to the delicate root structure of sod and seeding along with our inability to control weather conditions, watering and/or irrigation when installed, STLS does not warranty seed and sod installation.