Trees and shrubs can help make your landscape ideal with many great memories. Spring is an excellent time to plant trees and shrubs. Lowes has hundreds of trees and shrubs in the garden center, but you should do some work before you go.
Before planting, examine the planting site, determine your landscape needs, and obtain as much information as possible on the trees and shrubs you are going to plant. Consider full grown size, hardiness, susceptibility to insects and diseases, and type of soil.
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Tree and Shrub Selection, Care and Trimming
Careful plant selection can create an attractive landscape, frontyard or backyard and prevent future problems. Whether you remember picking apples, the smell of lilacs or evergreens, or maybe that old tire swing, trees and shrubs remain with us for years. Maximize your home’s value, comfort and curb appeal by planting Lowes trees and shrubs for a landscape that has year-round beauty.
Trees and shrubs provide beauty and interest throughout the year — even in winter. However, because these plants are pricier than flowers or vegetables and can last for decades, make sure you pick the right ones. With careful consideration, you can choose the right trees and shrubs for your location and avoid frustration.
Full Sun: Six or more hours of direct sunshine a day.
Partial Shade: Three to six hours of daily sunshine.
Shade: Less than three hours of sun per day.
- Mature size. Pay attention to the tree or shrub’s full-grown dimensions —both its diameter and height. Will the plant fit comfortably at full size in the intended spot?
- Be sure to take into account any power lines or overhangs that may become problematic as the tree or shrub reaches full size. Trees that will grow to be large should be planted far enough from your house so a falling limb won’t cause serious damage.
- Recommended planting times. Plan to plant new trees and shrubs in early spring or fall. Planting in the summer and early winter is possible but challenging. Check out additional info on frost and freeze dates.
- Care requirements. Trees and shrubs need different levels of care and tending. Once planted, some evergreens, for example, require almost no special care for decades. Other trees drop leaves or may need ongoing pruning. If you want a low-maintenance landscape, talk with an associate at the Lowe’s Garden Center about your plant selections.
Think of your landscape in layers. For a great looking landscape, you want to fill each layer with a mix of plant types.
- 0 to 18 inches: Flowers, flowering perennials and low shrubs
- 18 inches to 3 feet: Flowering perennials and mid-size shrubs
- 3 to 12 feet: Large shrubs and small ornamental trees
- 12 feet and taller: Trees. Don’t plant trees or large shrubs too close to your house, or you may find yourself faced with problems like constant pruning, plumbing problems, and structural damage.
Where to start with trees and shrubs?
Not sure where to start? Try these favorites that work in almost every landscape project.
- Butterfly bush
- Evergreens, including junipers, yews, spruces and firs
- Shrub dogwoods, particularly red twig dogwood
Ornamental trees and shrubs are often smaller and are known for their gorgeous foliage, flower displays, beautifully shaped limbs with surprising colors in spring or fall.
- Crab apple
- Red bud
- Japanese maple
Shade trees are large — some can grow more than 50 feet tall and spread branches more than 25 feet from their trunks. When properly planted and cared for, a tree can provide decades of shade and natural beauty.
- Oaks such as the white oak and pin oak. Remember, however, that oaks can get very large and overwhelm the average suburban yard
- Hard maples such as the autumn blaze, crimson king, sugar and norway.
Lowes Trees and Shrubs Tip: Water new trees and shrubs two to three times weekly throughout the growing season during the plant’s first year. Wait at least one year before trimming newly planted trees and shrubs. Plants need a period of uninterrupted growth to establish their roots. Visit this link for more from the Morton Arboretum on tree and shrub selection: Selecting Trees and Shrubs
by Victoria Stone