If you’re an avid gardener, you know that one of the most essential parts of any garden landscape is the shrubs. Shrubs are small to medium-sized plants that are bigger than flowers but smaller than trees. They can range from under a foot tall to up to 15 feet tall.
These plants can serve as a great addition to any garden or lawn. They are not only beautiful; they also add texture and structure. There are several popular varieties that you can use for your garden, including roses, camellias, and hydrangeas, all of which feature gorgeous flowers that will brighten any atmosphere.
If you have shrubs in your garden or lawn, you should have an idea of shrub care and how to maintain your shrubs. Here are some tips to get you started:
Conduct a nutrient analysis of the soil in which you will be planting your shrubs. This will help you identify if there is any nutrient imbalance in the soil, which you can fix through the use of fertilizers. For example, if you identify a nitrogen deficiency, you can use a slow-release fertilizer to address the problem over time.
Once you decide which shrubs you want to plant, make sure you know what time the best time to plant them is. For most shrubs, fall is the best time to plant. However, double-check regarding the variety of shrubs that you have chosen.
Make sure to water your shrubs well once you plant them. You should make sure to water at least once a week. Ensure that the ground around the shrubs is completely soaked. In the fall, make sure that you water your shrubs before the first frost of the season.
Do not use fertilizers on newly planted shrubs. Instead, mulch the soil to ensure that it is enriched with micronutrients. In the winter, mulch will provide your plants with protection and reduce the risk of the plant drying out. Furthermore, it will trap warmth, providing your shrubs with more protection and time to grow during the cold season to gain water and nutrients.
Make sure to prune the shrubs lightly from time to time. By pruning them, you will be able to maintain the shrub’s size and shape. There are several pruning tools that you can use – check to see which is best for your shrubs.
Regardless of the weather, pests are often a problem in gardens and lawns. Shrubbery attracts various pests, including stink bugs and kudzu bugs. If you suspect that your shrubs have attracted pests, make sure to contact a professional to help you get rid of them.
Looking for Help with Your Shrubs?
Proper care of your shrubs is important to maintaining the beauty of your garden and lawn. At TurfPride, we understand that shrub maintenance is an important part of ensuring that you have a yard that you’re proud of. We can help you with any concerns that you have regarding your shrubs, from pruning tips to pest control. Contact TurfPride today to learn more!