The pictures shown here are from an Indiana planting of 77
trees, peat pot and quarts, with a good mulch and no weeds. The first year they
did fine. I could not figure out what went wrong until the customer told me they
were watering a 400 ft row by hand. Really, it is almost impossible to
water this many individual plants by hand. With a drip-line this planting would
be much larger and all still alive.
To protect your investment in a
large planting we RECOMMEND A SIMPLE DRIP-LINE
THAT YOU CAN HOOK A HOSE TO ONE END AND WATER ALL OF THEM
EASILY AND KEEP WATERING FOR SEVERAL YEARS TILL THEY ARE THE SIZE
YOU WANT. Many people just do not have adequate time to take
care of young plants and should consider a drip-line even for a
This picture is from a 2006 planting in Michigan, consisting
of 25 quart size Green Giants. As you can see there is no drip line
installed. The young trees did fine the first year, but some were
lost in the summer of 2007. Once the Green Giant gets well
established they are very tough, BUT STAY
AHEAD OF WATERING WITH AN EASY DRIP-LINE.
THESE GREEN GIANTS WERE PLANTED IN JUNE
2001 IN VIRGINIA WITH OUR 18-24 INCH QUART GREEN GIANTS.
The customer killed all the grass and weeds around the planting with
Round-Up and installed a drip-line for irrigation and did not mulch.
These pictures were taken in January of 2006. The gentleman in the
photo is over 6 feet tall. This planting is now 12 - 14 feet tall.
I think Round-Up and no mulch is a lot easier and just as good. If
you do mulch you still have to kill the weeds that germinate or
creep in. As the Green Giants grow the lower limbs will shade out
the encroaching grasses.
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