Shrubbery has many uses in landscaping a yard. A hedge provides privacy or clear marking of boundaries. Shrubs close to the foundation soften the appearance of masonery or other utilitarian building materials while making excellent use of runoff water. Shrubs can provide a focal point or define an area, even growing tall enough to screen and shade a patio. Whatever shrubs you choose, some basic planning and planting principles apply.
Test the soil where shrubs will be planted to be certain they have the best possible growing conditions.
Dig into the soil any amendments recommended by the soil test. Dig holes for shrubs that are at least twice the depth and circumference of the root ball to allow the roots to spread out.
Soak bare-root shrubs in water for about two hours before planting. Remove or loosen any material wrapped around the root balls; even biodegradable materials can make it harder for young shrubs to get established.
Dampen the soil of all wrapped root balls. Fill the planting holes with water and let them drain.
Plant the shrubs. Tamp down dirt hard all around the roots with your foot to force air pockets from the soil. Water the shrubs again.
Give the shrubs 1 inch of water twice a week until they are established. Reduce watering to once a week after one month. Watch for new growth and monitor the leaves for withering or browning, which are signs of drying-out distress.
Incorporate regular pruning of shrubbery into the yard-care. Feed the plants a fertilizer specifically for your chosen variety. Follow the fertilizer's label directions for dosage and application frequency.