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When To Plant Shrubs – All You Need To Know

When To Plant Shrubs – All You Need To Know

Shrubs are an integral component of each and every garden’s ecosystem. They help to stabilize the soil and provide a lovely backdrop for all the other plants.

However, there are many key considerations when it comes to knowing when and how to plant shrubs.


When to Plant Shrubs?

Shrubs should be planted in the fall in most zones. However, if you live in a warm, dry climate, they can be planted any time of the year and they will thrive.


When and How to Plant Shrubs

Unknown to most gardeners, the best time to plant your shrubs is during fall.

I have planted shrubs during all four seasons (living in different climates) and even though you would think it would be okay to plant a shrub in Florida or California during the winter season because after all the temperature is warm well, it does make a difference because it’s not just about the temperature it’s about a few other variables continue reading to learn more.

Shrubs have the most time to establish in the soil in the fall before the summer’s severe demands are placed on them. Because the roots are weak, they will require a lot of time to expand deeper into the wet soil.

The soil temperatures are warm from the hot summer months, which is perfect for stimulating the much-needed new root development.

Many plants and trees experience a period of dormancy in the fall. Shrubs focus on root growth and nutrient storage during this season in preparation for the colder months ahead.

Even though fall is the best season to plant new shrubs in the garden, it doesn’t imply you should just plant them and forget about them.

Follow these fast and easy 7 steps to assist your immature or new shrubs to reach their maximum potential for the greatest outcomes!

1. Make sure the shrub is well-watered before you plant it in your garden. Use a sprayer or a watering pail to water the plants. Also, immerse the root ball of the shrub in a larger container for about 15 minutes.

2. Dig a hole twice the container’s size. Before removing the shrub from the container, enrich the soil using composting and other organic materials.

3. Laying a young shrub on its side with one hand supporting its crown (top portion) and slowly sliding its root ball out of its container is the simplest technique to remove it from its container.

4. Before filling the gaps around the edges with soil mixture, place the shrubs in the middle of the hole.

5. Keep in mind that the shrub should be planted at about the same level in the ground as the container. If the shrub’s position is a bit too low, prop it up with a gardening stake or a plank of wood.

6. Compress the dirt using your feet, but don’t compress it after it’s completely filled. Make sure the soil is free of air pockets and the plant is stable and not wobbly. Water the shrub again with a full can of water.

7. Now it’s time for the fun part. Sit back and wait to admire your beautiful new shrub.


Important Tips in Planting Shrubs

Because the shrub will ultimately grow into a huge tree or plant, decide where you’d like to place it. Once the plant begins to take root, you need to consider falling leaves, branches, any light blockage, and even any foundation damage.

As a result, pick your location wisely.

The root ball of the shrub must be equal to the depth of the loose soil. This will help prevent compaction as well as good drainage, which is very crucial.

You should never plant a new shrub after it has rained. Your soil will be muddy, and you will have a hard time filling in around the root ball.


How Often Should I Water the New Shrubs

Shrubs that are just planted require more regular watering than those that are already established.

They need to be watered before and after planting, as well as at the following intervals, water them:


Week 1

Water the shrubs every day or, if the temperature is cool, every other day.


Week 2 and After

If the temperatures are extremely hot or you live in a dry climate, be sure to water the shrubs every day unless you get a good downpour, or it rains a significant amount.

When the temperature cools down, you only need to water your shrubs every other day or every few days. You’ll know when they need to be watered based on the temperature and rainfall.


Feeding the Shrubs

Your new shrubs should not be fertilized. It can cause the roots to become weak and it can stunt the growth of the shrub.

Experts recommend you wait for at least two, maybe even three, years before you start fertilizing.


Weeding and Mulching

Mulch is an organic material that plays a vital role in the health of your shrubs. Mulch is usually made up of dried-out leaves, grass clippings, moss, and even tree bark.

Some people make a compost mixture to add to the natural mix, which can include coffee grounds and eggshells. Both make excellent compost materials to feed your shrub the nutrients it needs.

Mulching should be done in the fall or mid to late spring because this is when the soil is moist and warm.


Frequently Asked Questions about When to Plant Shrubs


How much mulch should be added to a new shrub?

With a new shrub, you want to use about 3 inches of mulch. This prevents grass and weeds and other random plants from sprouting through and taking over your shrub’s area. When you put mulch down, you put about three inches in the ground all around the shrub and the last inch should be visible.


What should I add to the soil, if anything, after I plant a new shrub?

The purpose of the soil is to protect and provide nutrients for the root ball which, essentially, will become the shrub’s root system. Horticulturists recommend you use 80% bone meal and 20% compost mix. This helps the root system to spread out and take a firm hold in the ground, which benefits your shrubs.



Shrubs come in all shapes and sizes, and they make your yard and garden look very nice. Some people use them to line their property or as privacy “fences”.

No matter your plans, it always pays off to grow a healthy shrub.