Bush Planting

If you have bushes you’d love to plant but don’t have the time, call the professionals. With our bush planting service we’ll have your bushes planted right the first time.

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Compliment Your Landscape

Bushes are one of the best additions a homeowner can make to their landscape. With a variety of colors, sizes, scents, a bush is a completely customizable compliment to any yard or garden. Bushes are also hardy and low maintenance, perfect to dazzle up any yard all year long. The only hassle is planting them. However, you don’t have to do it yourself. Our bush planting services will have your bushes planted quickly and correctly.

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.

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Bush Planting Benefits for Your Landscape

Besides boosting your curb appeal with year round evergreen leaves and pops of color, bush planting can benefit you in other ways. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider adding bushes to your landscape.

Low Maintenance:

Bushes and shrubs are relatively self-sustaining. Besides the occasional pruning or watering in intense heat, they can take care of themselves unlike flowers or other greenery.

Last Long:

These plants can withstand cold winters, and with proper watering, intense heat. If you’re not gifted with a green thumb these hard-to-kill plants are perfect for you.

Clean Oxygen:

Only second to trees, bushes and shrubs are wonderful, natural carbon sinks. Shrubs and bushes provide clean oxygen that keeps you and mother nature happy.


Why have a stone sculpture if you can have a living one? If you’re looking for a standout piece in your landscape consider adding a topiary garden. Bushes and shrubs can be pruned to make any shape you desire. The famous Boxwoods at Disney can be part of your home too.


If you have nosy neighbors or want a natural fence to outline your yard consider using bushes and shrubs. There’s a large variety of evergreen shrubs and bushes that can provide the privacy you need.

How to Mark a Spot for Your Bush or Shrub

Before we can go ahead with your bush planting needs, it’s important that the location of your bush or shrub is marked off. Here’s how you can mark off the placement of your bush or shrub to ensure the best bush planting experience:

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.

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When considering when to start your bush planting, we recommend planting them in the fall. That way your bushes have enough time to establish their root systems before spring. Autumn weather also tends to have wetter weather and less bugs which can give your bushes a better head start. However, if you don’t want to wait we provide our bush planting services year round.

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.


For Beauty:

Angel’s Trumpet, Azalea, Beautyberry, Blue Daze, Bougainvillea, Cape Jasmine, Crape Myrtle, Croton Plant, Crown of Thorns, Firebush, Hibiscus,Lantana, Louis Phillipe Rose

For Attracting Pollinators:

Allamanda Bush, Bahama Cassia, Beautyberry, Butterfly Bushes, Buttonbush, Cape Honeysuckle, Jamaica Caper, Lantana, Viburnum

For Privacy:

Bay Laurel, Banana Shrub, Boxwoods, Cape Jasmine, Clusia, Elderberry, Firebush, Ixora, Mountain Laurel, Oakleaf Hydrangea, Seagrape, Southern Wax Myrtle

For Low Maintenance:

Butterfly bushes, Buttonbush, Camellia, Cocoplum, Crown of Thorns, Louis Phillipe Rose, Plumbago, Seagrape

For Drought-Resistance:

Allamanda Bush, Angel’s Trumpet, Bahama Cassia, Beautyberry, Blue Daze, Bougainvillea, Camellia, Cape Honeysuckle, Clusia, Cocoplum, Elderberry, Jamaica Caper, Hibiscus, Ixora, Louis Phillipe Rose, Pinwheel Jasmine, Plumbago, Snowbush, Viburnum
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While we offer a large variety of plants for you to choose from, this is by no means an extensive list. We encourage you to research which bush or shrub is best for your home and landscaping needs.

Our Progressive Promise

Here at Progressive we guarantee quality care with the experience to match. We offer a variety of lawn and landscaping services so your property always looks the best. With our bush planting services we bring the knowledge and experience to help create a space you’ll love.

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