I love my shade plants. They add so much color, texture and life to my yard. But the truth is, shade plants can be a challenge to control. You have to keep them watered and fertilized properly, pruned at the right time of year and cut back when they start getting too big. If you have trouble with your shade plants or need help controlling them, I’m here for you! In this blog post we’ll go over six easy ways that we can help take care of your plant’s needs:
Prune only to shape your plant.
One of the most important things to keep in mind when pruning is that you should only be pruning at the beginning of spring, before new growth appears. This will ensure that your plant can grow strong and healthy. There are a few reasons why this is important:
- Pruning at the right time means that you won’t be cutting off any flower or fruit buds, which will lead to an increase in production over time as your plant matures
- You can get rid of dead or diseased branches without risking damaging any healthy parts of your plant
- If you prune too late (in mid-summer), it may cause more damage than good, because there won’t be enough energy for new growth
Prune away dead and diseased branches first, then prune to thin the plant out.
If you’re going to prune your plant, it’s best to do so in spring or early summer. Make sure you have the right tools: a knife and hand pruners with sharp blades. And if possible, wear protective gloves.
First, examine your plant carefully and make sure that any dead or diseased branches are removed first. This will prevent disease from spreading throughout your tree and protect its health for future years. Next
prune away those branches that are growing in the wrong direction for example, toward other plants or toward yourself when working around them
prune back branches that are growing too close to the ground—this prevents overgrowth from clogging drainage systems (such as gutters) and getting damaged during heavy rains (which could lead to leaks).
Fertilize your plants to help encourage proper growth.
A lot of people forget about fertilizer, which is a shame because it’s so important for the health of your plants. Fertilizer can help encourage proper growth and improve the color of your shade plants. It’s not a cure-all though; even with fertilizer, you still need to water your plants regularly and give them plenty of sunlight.
Use an all-purpose fertilizer with a ratio of 10-10-10 for best results.
When it comes to fertilizing, you want to make sure that you’re using a balanced fertilizer. When you purchase an all-purpose fertilizer, look for one with a 10-10-10 ratio. This is the same ratio found in natural soil and will provide your plants with the nutrients they need.
For best results, apply this fertilizer when your plants are actively growing—spring through fall.*
Use a slow release fertilizer in the spring and fall, avoid fertilizing during summer heat.
We recommend a slow release fertilizer such as Osmocote Plus or Miracle-Gro Organic Choice. These fertilizers will feed your plants slowly over time, and they won’t burn the roots of plants that are growing in shade.
If you’re looking to fertilize new seedlings or transplants, you can use a liquid fertilizer like Miracle-Gro LiquaFeed Root Stimulator or Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Food. This will give them a quick boost while they’re still getting established after being planted in the ground.
Shade plants grow best when they have access to water and nutrients throughout the summer months without getting burned by hot weather!
Water your plants thoroughly, but do not overwater.
It is important to water your plants thoroughly, but do not overwater. If you water too much the plant will not be able to absorb the water and it will sit on top of the soil causing root rot. This is why it is imperative that you use a watering can or hose attachment so that you can direct the water into the soil where it belongs rather than letting it sit on top of leaves and stems where it does little good. On the other hand, if you don’t give your plants enough moisture they will wilt in distress making them look like they have been through some kind of disaster!
The best way to water is to allow plants to dry out slightly between watering cycles by watering deeply and infrequently enough so that roots are able to soak up each drop without having excess left over inside containers (which leads back again).
Keep mulch around your plants to help keep soil moist and cool.
Keeping mulch around your plants can help keep soil moist, cool and free of weeds. Mulch also helps to control pests and erosion by preventing water from running off the soil and taking nutrients with it. When using mulch, make sure to keep it at least 6 inches away from the base of your plant stems so that you don’t damage them when watering or weeding.
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So I hope this blog post has helped you understand how you can control your shade plants and make sure that they thrive. Keep in mind that these methods are just suggestions, and you may find other ways of doing things that work better for you. If all else fails, contact us! We’re here to help with all of your gardening needs.