Even simple shrubs can work wonders around a commercial building. Whether you are looking for color, privacy, structure, or wildlife, there is a shrub to fill each one of your needs! Shrubs grow on a smaller scale than trees, and are not only easier to manage, but also more admirable to the eye. Their perfect size also means that it is easier for a landscape designer in Sonoma County to find spots for them in existing landscaping. But what is the lifespan of shrubs? Read on to know more.
What is the Lifespan of Shrubs?
Plants do have a lifespan! Many property owners believe that once a shrub is planted, it is there forever. Contrary to common belief, without rejuvenation pruning, 10 to 15 years is about all you can get out of a shrub. While your old juniper shrub may still have all its outer leaves intact, and does look good enough to add to aesthetic value of your home, it is probably over-grown and may have bare spots especially in its interior. Yes, it is time to let it go!
What Affects the Lifespan of Shrubs?
There are many factors that can affect the lifespan of a shrub. Some of them are:
Stress – Plants and shrubs planted in a parking lot on a commercial property tend to be subjected to extra heat due to reflected heat, hot asphalt, and car exhaust. This takes a toll on the plants, and affects their longevity.
Diseases – Shrubs are also susceptible to a myriad of plant disorders. Photinias, for instance, are susceptible to blight; while Knockout roses succumb to rose rosette. When a plant begins to stress, pests and diseases often attack as the plant becomes weak.
Soils – Very often in commercial settings soils are not considered and are given basic preparation, if any. Compaction of soils is the number one cause of shortened lifespans for shrubs. Properly nutrified and conditioned soils are important to the vitality and longevity of any landscape.
Right plant, right place – Oftentimes, a shrub that is meant to be planted in the shade, finds itself in the sun. This stresses it from the beginning, and reduces its lifespan. In short, shrubs need the right conditions to grow and flourish.
Weather – Inclement weather too can wear down your shrubs over time. Bitter wind, snow, drought, ice, and scorching sun can have an adverse effect on your pretty green shrubs.
Water – Under, or overwatering, both lead to a shortened lifespan for shrubs. Planting shrubs with similar watering needs together will guarantee a healthier and longer lifespan.
Thankfully, with knowledge and proper care, you can extend the lifespan of your shrubs, and keep them happy and healthy for many years. Proper pruning, fertilizing, and integrated pest management, along with other good gardening practices can help your shrubs stay green and healthy.
If you are on the lookout for a reliable contractor to care for your greens, contact Gardenworks Inc. At Gardenworks, you will be assigned an expert landscape designer in Sonoma County who will help provide you a customized approach to your shrub and landscape maintenance. Call us today at 707-857-2050.