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Picking the Perfect Shrub Placement For Your Home

Have you ever driven by a beautiful house, looked in the yard then thought to yourself, “something seems off”? Upon further examination, you recognized that while the home itself was beautiful and unique, the shrubs in the yard surrounding the house were placed sloppily. There are dozens of different types of shrubs, and they come in various shapes, sizes, and colors. It does not matter how elegant or healthy a shrub is, however, because if they are improperly placed in your yard, they will not look good.

Improper shrub placement may ultimately require removal of the shrub, or changes to the landscaping itself to fix the problem. Though smaller than trees, the challenges with shrubs should not be overlooked!

Because I am interested in exterior home decoration, I decided to do a little research on how to correctly place a shrub to avoid all the issues associated with improper placement. I came across an article that explained the shrub placement process down to a science. I was really amazed how thorough and carefully researched the article was!

The article explained that shrub placement is particularly important as opposed to tree placement because of the biological differences between shrubs and trees. Trees try to grow as tall as possible so they can get necessary sunlight for natural growth and development. Shrubs, however, grow horizontally to compete with sun and other essential resources. This outward growth can have serious aesthetic effects on your property, so it is necessary to understand the biological tendencies of the shrubs you decide to plant.

Knowing the patterns of shrub growth will help you make more informed decisions on where to place the shrub. You do not want to put a shrub in a location where it intersects and weaves through other plants. Nor do you want a shrub to be placed where its growth may obstruct a beautiful structure on your home. Also, the last thing you want to do is look out of your window to find that the beautiful view of your home has been blocked by a rapidly-growing shrub. These things need to be considered and understood before shrub planting begins.

Along with spacing, width, and height considerations, shrub planting can have other aesthetic effects on your property. Before planting a shrub, the article stressed that is important to make sure that the soil is the proper type for the shrub. If it is not, you may have a dead, dry, and brown shrub on your hands in a short period. Getting rid of the dead shrub is a hassle that can be avoided with proper shrub placement.

We all strive to maintain a beautiful home. In my experience, the exterior of a home is as important as the interior. If shrubs are part of your exterior design, you need to make sure that the shrubs are appropriately placed to obtain the intended aesthetic appeal!

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