Managing Large Shrubs – Learn How To Trim An Overgrown Shrub
Shrubs are very useful plants and they provide many benefits to your garden. They need to be managed properly because they have the potential to grow too large and become invasive.
When shrub growth becomes excessive, it may cause problems such as damage or even death due to lack of light or water. You will learn how to manage shrubby plants effectively so that they do not overpower your garden.
In this article we will discuss the different types of shrubs and their management. We will cover:
How to identify shrubs so you can determine which ones you want to keep and which ones you want to cut back.
What kinds of shrubs are best suited for your area? Which types require special care? How much maintenance does it take to maintain a particular type of shrub? What are some common mistakes made when managing shrubby plants?
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How to identify shrubs
In this section we will briefly introduce several types of shrubs. We will also explain the identification of several shrubby areas, including: deciduous or evergreen plants, ground or treelike types and those suited for particular locations.
Deciduous or evergreen shrubs
Deciduous shrubs lose their leaves in the fall and grow them back again when spring arrives. Evergreen shrubs do not lose their leaves during the fall or change colors but retain their dark green appearance year-round.
Both types have advantages and disadvantages. Deciduous plants tend to show their flowers and fruits more prominently. Evergreens are great for screening out areas. Both can be effectively used for hedges.
Ground or treelike shrubs
You can also classify shrubs as being ground covering or treelike. Groundcover types spread over the ground and crowd out any plants that are in their way.
Shrubs that are treelike, on the other hand, grow upward and are very open. They do not compete well with other plants for light, water and nutrients.
Some types of shrubs work better in some areas than others. For example, if you live in an area that has cold winters, you should choose plants that can survive in these conditions.
Plants for areas with hot, dry summers or wet, damp winters need to be chosen carefully as well.
Managing large shrubs
Now that we’ve covered the basics of identifying the different types of shrubs, let’s look at how to manage some of them. We’ll start by looking at how to manage large shrubs.
First, you have to decide if the plant is valuable enough or attractive enough that it’s worth keeping. This is a matter or personal choice but some types of shrubs can be invasive and spread quickly.
In this instance, you may need to remove them completely from your garden.
When managing large shrubs, you need to be careful about over pruning or trimming them at the wrong time of year. If you do this, it can lead to plant death.
The best times to trim shrubs are either in the beginning of the growing season or late in the fall. If you need to remove large branches, never remove more than a third of a plant at a time.
Managing small shrubs
Small shrubs require much less maintenance than larger ones do but they still need some attention. One of the most important things to remember when pruning them is to cut back to fresh wood.
This means cutting back to a place on the plant where there is green underneath the bark. The plant can then produce new growth from this area.
Another thing you should do is remove any dead or diseased branches that you find on the shrub. If you don’t, the problem can spread to the rest of the shrub and eventually kill it.