Your guide to shrub maintenance

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Planning ahead

Things to know before you get started.
7 Steps to Maintaining Your Shrubs
  1. 1. Stay hydrated

    Have your gardener water your established, mature shrubs about once a week. Sandy, well-draining soil needs to be watered more frequently than densely-packed, clay soil.

  2. 2. Provide adequate nutrition

    Shrubs may thrive in areas with good soil, but if your soil is lacking nutrients, you need to supplement it with a good fertilizer.

  3. 3. Winterize every year

    Make sure your gardener knows how to cover your shrubs with plastic sheeting in cold climates during the winter to protect them from ice and snow.

  4. 4. Shape things up

    Trimming stimulates the production of buds, so you want to reach inside the shrub and clip a couple of branches above their nubs at a 45-degree angle. Your gardener knows how to do extensive shaping.

  5. 5. Facilitate growth

    Ask your gardener to cut back and prune your shrubs late in the winter. This is when the plants are dormant, which means they are more likely to produce buds in the spring and summer.

  6. 6. Protect plants in bad weather

    Trim the top of large shrubs to a point at the top. Flat tops can break in the winter when snow settles on top of them, and pointed tops prevent snow from compacting.

  7. 7. Stay clean and fresh

    Have your pro remove fallen branches, dead leaves, and any diseased areas of the shrub immediately.

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