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What Impacts the Lifespan of Shrubs on Your Commercial Property

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Proper shrub care and maintenance are important for vigorous shrubs with a long lifespan. There are many ways you can help keep your shrubs in great shape and ensure that they live as long as they can.

Below are the different factors that influence the lifespan of shrubs.

Fertilization and mulching

Effective fertilization is key for good plant health. For instance, evergreen shrubs and plants don’t need a huge amount of fertilization, and overfertilization can cause serious issues. The right timing and getting the balance right are both important to ensure that your plants live – and flourish. 

Did you know that not having the correct depth of mulch can mean that your shrubs will not thrive as they should? You do not want to pile up mulch as well, since this will attract insects. Ensuring that your plants are not smothered, especially low-growing and vulnerable plants, and applying adequate mulch will enhance the soil quality, discourage weed growth, and keep your plants healthy.

Effective management of pests

When it comes to pests, being vigilant and utilizing effective preventive techniques can help ensure that they don’t become a significant concern. Generally, pests have a specific time or year or season they favor. Timely treatment will give your plantings the best chance of good health and survival.


We cannot underestimate the importance of pruning. There are various schools of thought when it comes to the best approaches to pruning, so it is worth discussing your options with your professional Dallas landscaping expert before making a decision. Seasonal rejuvenation pruning and frequent formal shearing are the chief approaches to pruning.  

Seasonal rejuvenation pruning involves pruning your plants based on their individual flowering cycle and species. Depending on their natural flowering cycle, this may mean that plants only require annual pruning. Formal shearing is the process of shearing or shaping your shrubs on a monthly basis during the growing season.

Shearing, which involves cutting all the branches of the plant indiscriminately, may overstimulate your plants and can be detrimental to their health and lifespan. Seasonal rejuvenation pruning, which involves cutting selective branches, follows the plant’s natural growth pattern and may improve the lifespan of your plants.

Various environments may be better suited to formal shearing. It is best to consult with a landscaping professional if you are unsure of your plant’s pruning requirements.

Spending time in preparing the perfect environment for your plants, choosing the right varieties, and ensuring that you have the correct selection for your personal preference, area, and climate are all keys to ensuring that your plants don’t wilt and wither in a few months’ time. With the right selection, enough attention, and thoughtful care, your shrubs should be healthy and look fantastic in the coming years. 

If you have questions about plant care and how to increase the lifespan of shrubs on your commercial property, reach out to your Dallas landscaping professionals at Southern Botanical.