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How to take care of walking stick shrubbery
The best way to prepare shrubs for winter are to clear them of airdried leaves and debris before snow arrives. As many people are aware, shrubs are evergreen deciduous plants, capable of growing throughout the seasons.
While this is a common misconception about shrubs, they are generally planted as annuals, which means they are planted each spring and die each fall, providing growth for the following year. By springing back up the following year, it is this same plant that needs to be taken care of and trimmed regularly.
Regardless of where they are growing, as long as these shrubs are kept in a well-aerated, sandy soil, they will thrive. Their roots are on the surface of the soil, and if they are disturbed during the winter or early spring, this root system will die out as much of the water, nutrients and air is used by the plant.
Siting and Irrigation
Before winter arrives, most people place their shrubs in a shaded spot in their yard. This is probably the best position for them, as well as their roots.
But if their roots are above the frost line, the soil can become frozen and harden up if the air temperature drops below 0 degrees. As a result, it is best to plant them in a shady area that is not near a walk or driveway.
Although they do have to endure the cold, they don’t have to experience all of the cold that is in the ground. Since most shrubs have a depth of 1 foot, any of the soil above this depth should be mulched, either from compost or shredded bark.
As you are preparing for winter, think about where the shrubs will be placed during spring and what kind of location you will have available. It is important to monitor where they are growing, as many times roots have grown just under the soil surface and therefore, have not had access to air, water or nutrients.
During spring, there are some benefits to planting your shrubs in a container if this is a growing option. If the container is light enough, the shrub will have its roots exposed to the air as much as possible, as the roots have to grow a little bit more for the container to break down.
Depending on the type of plant, once the roots are well exposed to the air, it is important to water thoroughly to encourage the roots to spread and grow back strong.
When the plant grows its first set of leaves, it is important to remember to cut it back. If it is a shallow rooted plant, this could be the first foliage cutback since spring. When you do this, be sure to leave some new growth in, so that the plant will look fresh for the next year.
Irrigation is important as well during spring, as many new growth comes from branches that have not yet had any foliage on them. It is important to keep the plant moist during this period, as the roots will become more sensitive to cold. If you water the plant thoroughly, the root system will be stimulated.
If there are any dry areas in the yard, look to add more mulch to moisten the soil. Although the plant doesn’t need watering right now, as you can tell, it will get excited during spring.
After You Plant
For shrubs that are already in the ground, make sure you pull out the wintering mulch around the plant, and replant the mulch in a different area of the garden. You also need to mulch the plant.
Take out the fertilizer that was applied to the plants in the fall, as the soil and moisture levels can get out of balance. If the winter was unusually cold, fertilizer may be needed during spring. If the weather is warm, fertilize with an organic fertilizer that contains Nitrogen, phosphorous, and potassium (NPK).
After you fertilize, it is important to cut off some of the new growth that has occurred and then reapply mulch. This will provide for moisture throughout the rest of spring and summer.
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During the warm, dry months of summer, shrubs have the best chance of survival, as the roots will be getting the chance to grow for the second year. It is important to cut the plant back in order to give it a fresh start for fall, as the next year it will not be producing any growth, so you want to ensure that the roots are still present.
As a general rule, in order to achieve maximum growth in your shrubs, they should be removed from the soil for a week. Since the foliage is still growing, the plant is losing a lot of energy to this, and it is not growing back very strong.
You can also consider the shrub in a container and take it indoors for the winter.Sommige van deze struiken zijn eenjarigen, en afhankelijk van waar u woont, zal uw klimaat bepalen of u ze in uw huis kunt achterlaten. Als ze niet binnenshuis kunnen gaan, kunnen ze op een zonnige plek in de tuin of bij een groot raam worden geplaatst.
Sommige van deze planten doen het ook beter binnenshuis, omdat u de mogelijkheid hebt om regelmatig water te leveren en de lucht- en lichtomstandigheden kunt regelen om de groei te stimuleren. Gedurende deze tijd beginnen de wortels terug te groeien van de basis.
Als de planten in een container worden geplant, moeten ze in de lente uit de container worden gebracht. Houd spinnen en andere insecten in de gaten, zoals