Residential Landscape Contractor Tips For Planting And Growing Healthy Shrubs

If you want to increase the greenery in your yard without adding a lot of new yardwork maintenance tasks, then planting shrubs is a fantastic option.

If you don't have any experience planting or taking care of shrubbery, then these tips will assist you:

Tip: Choose the Best Shrubs for Your Local Climate

One of the nice aspects of shrubbery is you can plant it once and then enjoy nearly maintenance-free greenery for years to come. However, it is vital you choose shrubs able to thrive in your local climate.

Honestly, one of the best ways to identify shrubs that will grow where you live is to look around at your neighbors' landscaping. If you keep seeing the same shrubbery, the reason is that those species of plants grow well. This makes them ideal for your yard as well!

Once you've identified multiple shrubs growable in your climate, then you should think about variety. For example, by selecting plants of different color shades, sizes, and textures, you will add a lot of visual interest to your yard. 

Tip: Plant Shrubbery in the Right Locations

Once you have purchased the appropriate variety of shrubs for your yard, then it is important you plant them in the right locations.

While you may be tempted to plant the shrubbery in rows along the fences of your home, this is actually the worst thing you can do!

Instead, make sure your shrubs are planted in a more natural zigzagging pattern as they would be found in nature.

Also, make sure each plant is far enough away from fences and foundations that it can grow for years without growing into the house or the fence.

To ensure your shrubbery is far enough from obstructions, determine how big the shrubs can potentially get, and then plant them half of that distance away.

For example, if your shrub is expected to be four feet in diameter at maturity, then plant it at least two feet away from any structure. 

By leaving plenty of room for the shrubs to grow, you also give yourself easy access to paint your home, work on your fence, and prune the shrubs.

Tip: Always Mulch Around the Base of Shrubbery

Finally, once your new shrubs are planted, then it is imperative to spread mulch around their base.

Mulch helps the soil hold moisture around the roots of the new shrubbery.

In addition, as the mulch breaks down over time it adds necessary nutrients to the soil. The addition of nutrients will help keep your new landscaping healthy and promote growth.

For more information, contact a residential landscape contractor near you.