Shrubs and roses make beautiful borders and are great for directing foot traffic. And compared to the care that many flowering plants require to stay in tip-top shape, they’re easy to maintain. A slow-release fertilizer like our Garden & Plant Food Plus 10-10-10 applied once in the spring is plenty to keep most of them happy and healthy.
Here are a few things we recommend when growing shrubs:
- Buy good plants: Abundant roots and sound stems are essential when purchasing your new shrubs.
- Prepare the ground thoroughly: A shrub growing in poorly-drained soil is susceptible to many problems.
- Avoid overcrowding: Do not plant your bushes too close and remember, healthy shrubs require good air circulation.
- Plant properly: This will reduce the risk of problems due to drought, water logging, frost damage, light deficiency, excessive suckering and more.
- Inspect plants regularly: Catch problems early. By inspecting plants regularly you may detect insect or disease problems. If found, bring a sample of the damaged foliage to your Earl May Nursery & Garden Center for a free evaluation.