Shrubs complete the landscaping of any property. These small, woody plants may look like trees, but there is more to them. Shrubs have evergreen and leaf-bearing options to decorate your space. Shrubs can be added to an existing design or planned out from the beginning.
If you have made the choice to adorn your yard or outdoor space with shrubbery, you have come to the right place. For those who already have shrubs, there is something for you here as well. In this article, we will go through the shrub maintenance tips you need to keep your plants healthy and strong.
1. Start Your Shrub at the Best Time
Different types of shrubs require different types of care. Make sure to read any and all instructions and chat with a gardening expert before setting up your shrubbery. Fall is the best season to plant most shrubs. A fall planting means your new shrub would have growing time before winter without the harshness of summer.
2. Set a Plan for Watering
As you can imagine, water helps plants grow. Really, water is the difference between life and death for all living things, plants among them. Make sure to water your shrub thoroughly once each week. Don’t forget to keep watering your shrubs until the first frost, slowing down how much water you give to adjust to the cooler temps.
3. Prune the Right Way
The magical part about shrubs is that you can shape them! Keep your shrub growing the way you want it to by pruning regularly to maintain its shape. There are several tools you can use to prune your shrubs; find the ones that work for you. Try to do most of your pruning in the spring and early summer while growing is fierce.
4. Be on the Lookout for Pests
Pests can ruin your lawn and landscaping. Be on the lookout for the little critters in your lawn, flowerbeds, and shrub areas. If you see or suspect any landscaping pests, make sure to call in professionals like those at Independent Lawn Services immediately.
5. Add Nutrients and Retain Moisture through Mulching
Soil stays strong with mulching. Mulching is what helps your shrubs get water out of the ground during the cold season. Adding in compost to your mulch can help to add nutrients to your shrubs and all plants. Fertilizer may even be necessary to help weaker or younger shrubs grow.
Getting Professional Shrub Help from Lawn Care Experts
Keep your lawn and shrubs green and healthy with these steps. Now get out there and choose the right shrub for you! Independent Lawn Services is always here to help you get the most out of your commercial or residential landscaping. We have seen and done it all in our more than 21 years of service. Our staff can bring this experience to your outdoor space to brighten your property.