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What is the Difference Between a Shrub and a Bush?
If you have a plant and you don’t know if it’s a shrub or a bush, we can help you with that. Shrubs and bushes are alike in a lot of ways. They are both dense, woody perennial plants with many skinny stems. They are both usually less than 15 feet tall and share one root system at the base of the plant, but depending who you ask, there can still be key characteristics to define the difference.
Plants are called bushes mostly to define the shape. You can call a plant “bushy” but most people don’t call them “shrubby.” Bushes are also considered to grow more “wild” as stand alone plants, whereas shrubs are maintained with grooming and precise shapes in gardens.
However, this does not apply to all bushes or shrubs like rose bushes for example. Bushes are also believed to have a foliage that touches the ground, whereas shrubs grow thicker and taller.
In the end, it’s mostly semantics. The definition of a shrub basically means a plant that “maintains its structure above the ground all year,” which can just as easily be applied to a bush.
To make things more complicated, shrubs can also be considered as small trees or vice versa. And if you’re extra curious, hedges are simply a row of bushes or shrubs that have been planted close together in a line to create a barrier for privacy. But it doesn’t matter if you know the difference or not. All you need to know is that our bush planting services cover them all.
Bush Planting Benefits for Your Landscape
How to Mark a Spot for Your Bush or Shrub
Step 1: Check the drainage and sun exposure of your location. Depending on the type of bush you choose, you need to make sure the conditions are appropriate to support its growth. Ask yourself is it sun loving or does it prefer the shade? Does this type of bush thrive with water or prefer drier conditions? The location of your bush planting depends on what it needs most.
Step 2: Clear the area of all stumps, debris, and other obstacles. Your bush can’t grow if it doesn’t have the proper space to do it. That also means making sure your bushes are properly spaced apart. If they are too close together then your bushes won’t flourish like they should. If you need help removing a stump, check out or tree stump removal services.
Step 3: Mark all utility lines like gas, power, cable, water, and any other underground lines you might have in your yard. If a bush is planted in or around one of the areas the roots might interfere with the and cause further headaches down the line. Also when marking utility areas don’t forget invisible fences too.
Step 4: Stake the areas where you want bushes. We also recommend writing the name of your plant on the stake so you don’t forget which bush goes where.
If you need any additional advice or recommendations, be sure to contact us for all your bush planting needs.
How Our Bush Planting Service Work
To make sure you are satisfied with our bush planting service, we want you to know how it works.
The first step in our bush planting process is to soil prep. Before we plant, we till the soil to break up clay, redistribute nutrients, and create air pockets. At this stage, we can add fertilizer, compost, or any other nutrients your soil might need, then we till again.
Next, we dig a hole twice the size and as deep as the root ball. If the bush is planted too deep then it can suffocate the roots.
Then we gently loosen the root ball to give the roots room to grow. Roots grow out, not down, but they can’t grow at all if they’re tangled up with each other.
We then place the roots in the hole and cover them with soil up to the base of the stem. To secure the plant in the ground we press down the soil gently and firmly.
To finish, we add mulch around the plant and water the area thoroughly. It’s important to leave a two to three inch diameter circle around the stem to avoid attracting bugs and fungal infections. To learn more about proper mulching check out our mulch installation page.
How to Maintain Your Bushes and Shrubs
After you’ve hired our bush planting services, you want to make sure it pays off. To ensure your bush planting is successful here are some tips you can follow to have your plants thriving.
- Water your new bush thoroughly, and water whenever the soil is dry to your touch which should be about every two days depending on your location and climate, only water more often when the weather is hot and dry. Do not water if there is rainfall that is an inch or higher.
- Prune bushes and shrubs twice a year or whenever there are dead or damaged branches. Pruning your bushes and shrubs will promote growth and flowering. It also helps manage the height, width, and shape you want your bush to stay in.
- Only add new mulch when needed. This should be at maximum once a year. When adding new mulch, till the old mulch into the soil to benefit from its decomposition. Be sure to leave a two to three inch space around the stem of your bush.
Best Bushes and Shrubs for Florida Soil
If you’re looking to add bushes or shrubs to your landscape but don’t know where to start, here are our recommendations for your Florida soil.