How to Water New Boxwood Shrubs


Boxwood shrubs are evergreen plants that have a naturally boxy or rectangular shape. They are often used to create hedges and privacy screens around yards, but they are also planted individually. As with all shrubs, boxwoods require more water when they are first planted. The reason is that the root system has not grown deep enough to seek out water. If adequate water is not supplied to the new shrubs, they will begin to deteriorate.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose
  • Shovel
  • Organic mulch
  • Soaker hose (optional)
  • Water the new boxwood shrubs immediately after planting to a 6- to 8-inch depth, or the same depth as the root system of the shrub. Turn on a garden hose at a slow trickle, and lay the end 6 inches from the base of the shrub. Leave the hose there for at least 10 minutes.

  • Check the moisture level by digging into the soil next to one of the shrubs to ensure it is moist at a level of 6 to 8 inches. If the soil is not damp to the proper depth, allow the hose to run longer.

  • Repeat the watering process as often as need to keep the soil moist for the first year of growth. In the spring and fall, this may require watering only once per week. In hot summer months, increase the watering frequency to every two or three days.

Tips & Warnings

  • Spreading 3 inches of organic mulch underneath the boxwood shrubs will help keep the soil moist for longer periods and reduce the frequency of watering.
  • After one year, reduce watering to only 1 inch per week, if no rainfall occurs.
  • Never allow standing water to develop on top of the soil near the newly planted boxwood shrubs. If the soil becomes too saturated, the roots will rot and die.

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