A well-balanced landscape should include a mixture of plants of varying heights and spreads. Shrubs work well as a backdrop for a garden bed. Large shrubs can also be effective privacy screens—some of them grow up to 15 feet tall! If you’re thinking of adding shrubs to your property, a professional landscaper can tell you which ones will grow best for your region. You might also consider arranging for landscaping maintenance services so you can enjoy the beauty of the plants without worrying about caring for them.
Watering Your Shrubs
Your shrubs will need consistent watering, especially if you’ve recently had them planted. Landscapers thoroughly soak the root ball when planting shrubs, but they’ll still need extra watering until they’re established. If your area doesn’t get much rainfall, aim to water your shrubs at least once per week, depending on the species. Thoroughly soak the ground around the shrubs. When you insert a finger into the soil, it should feel moist right down to the root layer.
Exercising Caution Regarding Fertilizer
Many people make the mistake of fertilizing new shrubs, assuming that the fertilizer will help them get a healthy start. But actually, this can trigger poor growth. All new shrubs need is good, nutrient-rich soil. However, a landscaper might recommend fertilizing an established shrub that looks like it needs extra help. Before adding fertilizer, a landscaper will prune damaged stems and branches, and add a thick layer of compost or mulch. If the shrub still performs poorly, a light application of fertilizer may be appropriate.
Pruning the Shrubs
Shrubs can benefit from annual pruning to remove damaged or dead stems and branches, and to maintain the desired shape and size. Landscapers generally recommend pruning during the spring before deciduous shrubs acquire new leaves. The exception is flowering shrubs, which should be pruned after they bloom.
If you’re having trouble keeping up with your yard work, just call the experts at Complete Landscaping. We provide a full menu of landscaping design, installation, and maintenance services so your property can always look its best! Homeowners and commercial property owners in the Tucson area can reach us at (520) 323-8918.