Your shrubs may give off that vibe that makes you stand out from the rest of the neighborhood. When is it a good time to replace them? We’ll unveil these in this quick guide.

It’s always important to keep your yard looking fresh year-round. Streamline Designs knows that you could be the envy of the neighborhood if you have fresh shrubs. So with that said, let’s go over the following signs that they need to be replaced as soon as possible.

If they have outgrown the area

Shrubs need to stay within a certain area when it comes to growth. Once it gets to a point where it goes beyond that, that’s when you may need to replace it. The good news is, you can prune the shrubs on a regular basis in order to control the growth.

You may notice branches growing to the point where it may block a doorway or window. Some of them may be wider and taller than usual. If they end up getting too big and can’t be trimmed down, that’s when replacing them will be the better option.

Underperforming shrubs?

If your shrubs don’t seem to be doing their usual job, then it may be time to replace them. What are the signs to look for in terms of those underperforming? These include but are not limited to leaves dropping prematurely, discoloration, failing to bloom or grow to full size, twig death, or dead spots found on leaves.

If you notice these, replace them as soon as possible. The common causes for this may include pests, environmental factors, and diseases. Some of these issues such as pests and diseases can be treatable.

However, by the time you notice any of it, it may be too late. Taking preventative measures is possible, but not always a guarantee.

Improper planting

Replacing your shrubs can be a possibility if they happen to be improperly planted. Homeowners make this mistake all the time. They plant it not knowing what the microclimate of the bed is.

This also includes how much sun, moisture, and wind that it gets. Keep in mind that some plants will need more sun than others. Likewise, other plants will need more shade and keep cool most of the time.

You’ll want to know the right plant and the right place and where to put it. That’s the rule of thumb to use going forward.

Final Thoughts

Like everything else, nothing lasts forever. The same goes for shrubs. It would be ideal to consider replacing them if you notice any of the three signs above.

The good news is, StreamLine Designs is your go-to place where you can get professional landscapers in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to get the job done. If you are looking to make your yard look like the crown jewel of the neighborhood, you speak with us today.

Call us at 817-873-1999 and we’ll be happy to get you started with making your yard look great with beautiful, healthy-looking shrubs.

Winter is a time of greyscale in nature. The ground is covered in a blanket of white while the deciduous trees are bare and the conifers are sleeping. But what does that mean for your landscape at home?

There are certain precautions you should take with your landscape before the winter months come and throughout the cold season. While failing to take caution during this time won’t automatically result in dead greenery, it can help increase a plant’s chance of survival into the new year.

In this article, we’ll cover what the proper precautionary measures are. We’ll also explain the difference between dormancy and death in plants to avoid possible confusion.

Precautionary Measures to Take

The winter months are a good time to break out the pruning tools on your trees. Most trees go dormant in the winter and the healing process goes much smoother when the tree is asleep. Winter is also the best time for pruning because most of the pests and bacteria that like to prey on bare wood are also dormant for the winter.

When it comes to trimming, it’s important to consult a professional if you aren’t a seasoned arborist. StreamLine offers tree pruning services that are guaranteed to be done correctly.

Beyond annual pruning, there are a few other things to keep in mind:

  • Fertilize during the winter. Texas soil doesn’t normally freeze during the winter, which means tree roots continue to soak nutrients up from the ground all year. Fertilizing in the winter ensures roots will grow healthily in the new year.
  • Plant new trees. While many people may not consider winter a good time to plant new growth, the answer is on the contrary. Planting new trees in the winter allows the tree’s root system to grow longer.
  • Wrap trees that need more warmth. Some trees can’t handle temperatures that are too cold. By wrapping their trunk, you help the tree keep in heat and avoid freezing to death. Keep in mind though, the wrapping should fit snugly but not so tight that it chokes the tree.
  • Lay some mulch. Mulching gives the ground a blanket to protect itself from the dry and cold winter air. One layer of mulch should lay flat and measure at 3-6 inches deep depending on the plants being mulched.
  • Water if necessary. If you notice some shrubbery or trees are looking a little sad, check the soil. If it’s dry, your landscaping may need a drink of water.

Dormancy vs. Death

When greenery goes dormant, it’s just a fancier way of saying the plant is sleeping. Most trees will go dormant in the winter, as well as grass and most shrubbery. If you’re concerned with how your landscaping looks and whether or not it’s dormant or dead, there’s something you can do. To test the life of your landscape, just water it for a few days. If the vegetation turns green again, it was only dormant. However, if it remains a dead yellow-brown color, it’s more likely to be dead.