Adding Shrubs to Your Yard: DIY

shrubsIf you’re looking to upgrade your landscape, but don’t want to plant a garden, we’ve got some ideas for you. Who doesn’t want to add some height and texture to their yard, rather than just having a groomed lawn with a couple of trees?

This is why we’re going to explore planting shrubs. 

So what is a shrub, anyhow? 

Depending on where you grew up, you may be accustomed to calling them bushes. Actually, a bush is generally found in the wild- upruned and without any context to landscape. Shrubs, however, are hand-picked and manicured to accommodate your yardspace.

Common shrubs include dogwood, holly, roses, and forsythia. They’re generally a bit shorter and denser than wild bushes. 

What differentiates a shrub from a tree?

Shrubs are much lower to the ground than trees. They tend to have multiple trunks rather than just one, which differentiate into branches fairly close to the base. 

Many shrubs have bark just like trees do. But some do not, such as crepe myrtles. They’re often mistaken for trees because they can reach impressive heights, but surveying their branch growth will verify they’re actually shrubs. 

Planting a New Shrub

When you’re shrub shopping, make sure you pick a plant that will get along well with your local climate, shade coverage, and watering schedule. If you’re not sure what to look out for, ask a professional at whichever gardening shop or greenhouse you’re visiting. They can help you make an informed decision that will work well with your landscape. 

Once you’ve brought it home, your next step is to dig a hole that’s adequately sized. You want to dig a hole that leaves at least a six inch circumference around the base, and that’s at least as deep as the shrub’s root system. 

Caring For Your New Plant

Fertilizing the soil around your new shrub will help boost its growing power and get well-rooted into the soil. Be sure to water it frequently at first, but allow for brief dry periods to promote deep root growth. 

Immediate watering is necessary to “settle” the surrounding topsoil. But once your new shrub is established, most varieties do well with a watering schedule of 2-3 times per week. 

Final Thoughts

  • Shrubs are different than bushes, in that they are generally smaller and denser, found in manicured yards rather than in the wild. 
  • Be sure you pick a shrub that will do well with your landscape and established lawn care routines. 
  • Dig a hole deep enough for the roots and wide enough to provide at least six inches around the shrub’s base. 
  • Water and fertilize immediately, but allow an occasional brief dry spell so the roots will grow deeply. 

Shrubs are a beautiful addition to the outer parameters of your yard, whether it’s the back fence, against your house, or a partition between the garden and the rest of your yard. Planting and caring for them is relatively easy if you know the basics. 

As always, we’re here to help you with all of your lawn and landscaping needs!

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