Guides: Planting, Watering, Pruning

Plants are an investment. Among the numerous benefits of ornamental and shade trees, shrubs, evergreens, and perennials are sensory stimulation, relaxation, curb appeal, and restoration. So how can you best leverage these attributes to benefit yourself and your landscape environment? Ensuring the successful life of a plant begins with how they’re propagated at Johnson’s Nursery, but that responsibility is transferred to the end-user once a plant is ready to leave our nursery. Our staff is comprised of experienced growers and horticulturists who aim to share their knowledge. We can only control so much once a plant leaves our nursery, and one way we can positively affect a plant’s life beyond our nursery is to educate and share our experience with you.

We hope this information helps, but please note that these are rough guidelines and not all possible situations are covered. Your plant material and landscape should be inspected by a trained professional.

Planting Guide

First steps…

Properly planting trees is one of the best investments you can make in your landscape. When done properly, your plants will flourish. Get all the information on handling, picking up, installing, fertilizing, and staking your new trees, shrubs, and evergreens. We created graphics and charts to help you best care for your new plant. Just remember, a plant can pull itself into the Earth to get what it needs, but it cannot push itself out if it’s suffocating.

Watering Guide


Don’t forget to water your plants! Proper watering of a newly installed plant is critical to its establishment and future growth. Though watering may seem like a simple task, proper watering is a complex subject that does not easily offer a one-size-fits-all guideline for the quantity and frequency of watering. Just remember, the main objective is to never allow the soil around the roots of new plantings to be too dry and likewise never too wet.

Pruning Guides


Resist the urge to pull out your pruners or loppers and start hacking away at your overgrown plants. With the plant’s health in mind, typically we’re looking to remove old, damaged or diseased canes. We want to direct new growth up and out from the center of the plant and remove crossing or rubbing branches to allow for better air circulation. Just remember, pruning can be dangerous and fatal to your plants if done improperly.