How to Plant Shrubs and Bushes

Shrubs and bushes give your yard structure, privacy, and beauty. Beginners and experts like growing these woody plants. These seven garden shrub and bush planting methods are simple.  

Choose shrubs and bushes that fit your climate, soil, and sunlight. Consider mature size, growth habit, bloom season, and foliage color to match your garden design.  

1. Choose the Right Plants

Based on the plant's sunshine and spacing needs, choose the best garden spot. Consider soil drainage, obstacles, and proximity to buildings or plants.  

2. Determine Planting Location

Loosen the soil to 12 inches before planting. Remove weeds, pebbles, and debris that inhibit root growth. Add compost or old manure to promote soil fertility and drainage.  

3. Prepare the Soil

Hole should be somewhat broader and as deep as the plant's root ball. Before planting container-grown plants, gently loosen their roots to promote growth. Spread bare-root plants' roots evenly in the hole.  

4. Dig the Planting Hole

The root ball should be level with the earth when the shrub or bush is placed in the hole. Backfill the hole with soil mixture and gently firm around the roots to remove air pockets.  

5. Plant the Shrub

Water the newly planted bush to settle the soil and establish roots. Organic mulch like shredded bark or wood chips keeps roots moist, deters weeds, and protects them from temperature changes.  

6. Water and Mulch

Check soil moisture and water the plant in dry or hot weather. Maintain shape, remove dead or broken branches, and prune for healthy development. For optimal growth and blooming, fertilize as needed.  

7. Provide Ongoing Care

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