The process of building a great landscape involves three very distinct steps: Design, installation and maintenance. Failure to consider any one facet can affect the success of a landscape project. We have seen some of the best designed and installed commercial projects go by the wayside because the developer went with a grass mower and not someone who was qualified in landscape management.
The first year after installation is an extremely critical time for your plants. Proper and timely watering of your plant material, even drought tolerant plants, is important until the roots have established themselves in the surrounding soil.
Fertilizing with a slow release organic fertilizer such as Espoma in the early Spring, along with shots of liquid fertilizer during the year works well. Organic fertilizers help to maintain important microbes in the soil.