Shrubs grow to many different sizes, depending on the type of shrub being planted. Most shrubs prefer mostly sunny places, but you should always check the instructions to ensure that you choose a proper location if the type of shrub you chose prefers full sun (more than six hours per day) or partial shade.
Prior to planting the shrubs, clean the area of grass and any fall plant debris. Fallen plant debris and weeds might contain pests or disease. Removing weed and grass roots around the planting area also makes it easier to keep the shrub beds free of weeds during the growing seasons.
Dig a planting hole that is twice as wide and as deep as the root ball for smaller shrubs. If the mature shrub is larger, dig the planting hole three times as wide as the root ball and as deep as the root ball. For larger shrubs, scarify the sides of the planting hole with a pitchfork. Center the shrub in the planting hole. Fill the planting hole with water, then backfill with soil. Mulch the shrubs with compost or pulverized bark.
Water the shrubs with at least an inch of water every week. Always water deeply, as shallow watering encourages a shallow root system. Shallow root systems allow the shrubs to be easily uprooted by heavy winds. Shallow root systems also deny the plant important nutrients and moisture it needs from the soil.
Fertilize shrubs with flowering shrub and tree fertilizer each spring, after the last frost. Always read the instructions on the fertilizer, as different brands contain different ingredients.
Prune the shrubs each spring for dead and decaying plant matter and wood. If the branches are too crowded, prune the branches at the trunk to allow more sunlight in. Prune the shrubs throughout the growing season to keep their shape. If you have flowering shrubs, prune the tips of the branches to encourage more flowers to grow on the shrubs.