Signs your bushes and shrubs are overgrown
- They are obscuring your windows.
- They are crowding your walkways.
- You can’t remember the last time you trimmed them.
- They are hiding your house and dominating the facade.
How to Plant and Maintain Foundation Shrubbery
- When planting, allow spacing for mature sizes. For example, if a shrub is listed as obtaining a mature height of say, five feet tall and wide, then it should be planted at least 30″ away from the foundation to allow for half the mature spread to reach the house. *A caveat to this is that home inspectors do not want any vegetation touching the home or foundation so allow extra space or trim accordingly.
- In terms of windows or roof lines: a general rule is to keep/maintain the shrub at a height of 2/3 to 3/4 of the height of the window or roof line. This allows for the architecture to continue to dominate.
- Trim shrubs often. Never skip trimming, even the first year they are planted.
- Avoid trimming in extreme temperatures.
Curb Appeal Equals Value.
Garden historians believe that the very first gardens were created as places of refuge from enemies. Although our worst enemies these days are rabbits, raccoons, and deer, we still have a desire for enclosure and privacy. These three techniques provide the privacy and security required by modern families living in dense suburban areas like Westchester County and in New York City.
Outside is Not Inside
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