Answer: Watering is important for new plants and is done, if needed, to supplement rain. So there is no set schedule or amount, it depends on the soil and the weather. The purpose of watering is to keep the soil evenly moist like a wrung out sponge, but not sopping wet or saturated. (Overwatering is no better than underwatering, both can cause root damage.) To know if you need to water, dig into the soil with your finger. If it is still damp, don't water yet. When you water, apply the water at the root area and water slowly and deeply so it soaks down and encourages deep rooting. It is better to water deeply less often than to water lightly every day. After you water, wait a few hours and then dig down to see how far the water soaked in. Sometimes it can be surprising. It is also a good idea to keep the plants mulched. Use several inches of organic mulch in a flat layer over the root area but do not allow to touch the trunk or stems. The mulch will help keep the soil evenly moist, help keep down weeds, and also help feed the soil gradually as it breaks down over time. Enjoy your new shrubs!
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