Care Of Newly Planted Monterey Bay Brush Cherry - Knowledgebase Question

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Question by sherry_smoot
June 22, 2001
We recently bought 6 Monterey Bay Brush Cherry shrubs to form a hedge. What is appropriate care in the first months? We have been watering every other day and using B1 once a week. Some of the shrubs are looking droopy and one in particular is looking poorly. Should we be watering more often or doing something else differently?


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Answer from NGA
June 22, 2001

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Most trees and shrubs go through an adjustment period after being transplanted. The most important thing you can do is water regularly. A deep soaking once each week is all that's necessary. Your every other day watering schedule is a bit much, and may lead to root rot. Apply water slowly so it penetrates deeply, wetting the entire root mass. You can check to see how far down the water is going by probing the soil with a stick (or digging a small hole) to check the depth. Apply enough to reach the depth of the rootball, then wait a week before watering again. Roots need water but they also need oxygen. Water applied too frequently will starve the roots of oxygen and lead to root rot. Your shrubs should perk up and begin to show new growth in a few weeks.

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