Plants which have foliage from the ground up are good for screen duty. Shrubs grouped closely can block a view or bring your attention to a focal point, and they provide privacy as well as warmth to your landscape. They can be used as a screen, as an hedges or for many other uses.
Many shrubs are suitable for planting on slopes and banks. They have invasive root systems which will root where they make contact with the ground, which prevents erosion. You should choose hardy shrubs for these conditions.
In order to provide privacy, hedges should be thick and full. The shearing that hedges require makes them difficult to maintain. Some hedges need to be clipped 2 to 4 times a year to maintain a manicured appearance. A hedge gains 1 to 2 inches of growth with every trimming. Trimming also prevents the bottom of the hedge from becoming exposed. The ones that are deciduous can be revived by cutting back at a few inches of the ground. Obviously, a shearing tolerant shrub is what you should select for an hedge. Clipping after late summer is not recommended. Depending on the plant you use, the spacing of individual plants will vary according to width requirements. To trim your hedges in a straight line, stretch a string along the hedge at the desired height, to serve as a guide.
Shrubs can keep passersby off your lawn and landscaping. However, in the front yard, your shrubs should not obstruct driver views of the street. A low shrubs along a walkway can prohibit pedestrians from walking on the grass. For an impassable fence, the use of thorned plants is generally successful. But consider the possibility of harm from them, they can be dangerous around children. Plan for future possibilities, consider the pruning, maintaining, and removing or planting a thorned shrub; barrier shrubs must not be invasive. Chose very carefully the species you will use, they can spread rapidly and be difficult to get rid of.
Big trees are popular ornamentals but may create a lawn problem by blocking the sunlight to grass and plants below. Planting shade tolerant shrubs adjacent to the trees will help the appearance, as well as protecting the tree trunk from injury. Grouping them ties them together visually and works best if the shrubs are close. Some shrubs thrive and bloom in shady areas. They may not need shade, but adapt to it more easily than other shrubs do. (Many shade tolerant shrubs grow better when given more light.)
To mask the foundation of a house or building, you do not have to plant in a solid row ; in fact, a couple of carefully selected and placed shrubs can be more efficient. Finding a shrub that will grow to fit the designated space isn’t hard with all the documentation available at your local nursery or from gardening books.
Many shrubs can be used as ground covers, particularly the low, ground hugging varieties. As usual, ground cover shrubs should suit the exposure and water requirements for the zone in which they are planted.
To make a screen, choose shrubs that will attain the desired height and width and have dense foliage. Reject the ones with a tendency to form large clumps of suckers. If your screen is getting bare at the bottom, cut down the plants to within a few inches of the ground to revitalise it. Screens need no trimming, and so look more natural than hedges and require less maintenance.
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