Water new shrubs once a week the first summer with 5 to l0 gallons of water for each depending on the size of the bush. Take care to get the water under any mulch, which absorbs a great deal of moisture and robs the soil below. Pour water right down the stems so it goes into the root ball, and does not run off on the ground. During very hot sunny days, spray the tops and water lightly in addition to the weekly deep watering. Do not fertilize the first year, except possibly for half strength liquid fertilizer at planting time, or plant rooting hormone additives one can use. Fertilize normally the second year in the spring.
Here’s a way to get more life out of an old hacksaw blade. Mount it on the side edge of your workbench with about half the width of the teeth sticking up over the top surface. This will give you a handy cutting tool. Make sure that the location of this cutter is both easily accessible as well as away from frequent brush up traffic.