Shrub care is an essential part of your summer landscaping needs. Once frowned upon and left to backyard setups, shrubs are now focal points of modern landscape design. They add vibrant colors and beauty to any landscape design, but if you fail to properly care for them, they can quickly become a serious eye sore in the summer heat. The professionals at TreeSquad can assist you in selecting shrubs that are appropriate for the local climate, and that satisfies your decorative vision. Let's take a look at some shrub care tips for summer that you need to make a routine.
Shrub Care Tips
Ensure Adequate Sunlight
The particular species of shrub you are planting will determine how much sunlight or shade they need. Keeping that in mind, look for an area on your landscape with the appropriate amount of light and aim to plant your shrubs there. You can plant some additional trees or put a fixture in place to get more shade for a species that doesn't require as much sun.
Along with providing proper sunlight, pruning your shrubs helps maintain their aesthetic quality, and actually promotes fuller, stronger growth throughout the season. The time of year for pruning will be determined by the particular species you use, but non-flowering shrubs can be pruned anytime of the year, except for late summer.
Natural weather is not always the best way to ensure your shrubs and flowers grow strong and healthy. Installing a sprinkler system with a timer ensures your shrubs are watered on a consistent basis and not left exposed to hot temperatures or dry climate. For the best results, water your shrubs and grass at night or before the sun comes up in the morning.
Plants require water and nutrients in order to grow strong and healthy. Applying a controlled-release fertilizer at the beginning of the growing season or 2-3 times throughout with water soluble fertilizer is the most effective way of keeping your soil nutrient rich. Place 2-3 inches of organic mulch (straw, pine needles, shredded leaves) in the beds around your shrubs. This will help the soil retain moisture and prevent weeds from growing. to help the soil retain moisture. This will prevent weeds from growing and
Shrubs are incredibly low-maintenance, but they do require some monitoring throughout the growing season. Be sure to research proper shrub care tips for your landscape, and avoid applying too thick a layer of mulch or fertilizer, as this could prevent the roots from growing deep and promote disease and infestation.