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Shrubs and Hedges are defined as woody plants of relatively low height, having several stems arising from the base and lacking a single trunk. Shrubs and Hedges are often the anchors of a landscape and come in a multitude of sizes, colors and shapes.
Some have striking fall colors and some can provide intensely colored stems and branches for contrast against the winter snow. Other shrubs and hedges provide early spring flowers and many provide summer privacy and eye-catching foliage. One of the great things about shrubs and hedges is that most of them are easy to care for and will remain pleasing to the eye for long periods of time with minimal effort.
Shrubs and Hedges live for years and are considered an excellent longtime property investment and a permanent fixture in any home owners’ landscape.
Evergreen shrubs and hedges make fantastic privacy screens. Just remember that when you plant these shrubs and hedges, it is wise to plant in a zigzag pattern which will give a fuller effect and allow the trees to get suitable air circulation and exposure to the sun.
Some of the most common evergreens that are used for privacy screens are Arborvitae Green Giant Thuja, Leyland Cypress, American and English Boxwood and Nelly Stevens Holly.
How to Plant Shrubs and Hedges: Dig a hole twice as wide and slightly shallower than, the root ball. Roughen the sides and bottom of the hole with a pick or shovel so that roots can penetrate the soil. With a potted shrub, gently remove the shrub from the container. Lay the shrub on its side with the container end near the planting hole.
Hit the bottom and sides of the container until the root ball is loosened. If roots are growing in a circular pattern around the root ball, slice through the roots on a couple of sides of the root ball. Gently separate circling roots on the root ball. Place the root ball in the hole.
Leave the top of the root ball (where the roots end and the trunk begins) 1/2 to 1 inch above the surrounding soil, making sure not to cover it unless roots are exposed. Do not set shrubs too deep. As you add soil to fill in around the shrub, lightly tamp the soil to collapse air pockets, or add water to help settle the soil. Form a temporary water basin around the base of the shrub to encourage water penetration, and water thoroughly after planting.
A shrub with a dry root ball cannot absorb water; if the root ball is extremely dry, allow water to trickle into the soil by placing the hose at the base of the shrub. Apply a 2-4 inch layer of mulch around the shrub to help retain moisture and slow the weed growth.