Laidback Gardener Tip of the Day

Make Life Easy:
Choose a Shrub that Fits Your Space

octobre 17Why prune again and again to keep a shrub in check? It is so much easier to simply choose a shrub that will naturally fit into the space you have available and then let it grow. For example, if you are looking for a foundation shrub to be placed in front of a window 5 ft (1.5 m) above the ground in a bed 4 ft (1.2 m wide), why choose a shrub that will reach 9 feet (3 m) high and 9 ft (3 m) wide? You’ll have to spend the rest of your life trying to keep it under control. It would have been so much easier to choose a shrub that will naturally reach 5 ft (1.5 m) x 4 ft (1.2 m) or less. When you use a shrub of appropriate dimensions, you can simply plant it and let it grow.

This sounds so obvious that you’d think every home gardener would do exactly that, but in fact, you’ll see an awful lot of gardeners hacking away at overgrown shrubs every single year!

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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