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How to Choose Low Maintenance Trees and Shrubs

24th April 2013

landscape design

Curb appeal is important for most home owners. If you don’t have a green thumb for landscape design you’ll probably want to plant low maintenance trees and shrubs. It’s not as simple as going to the local gardening store. You’ll need to take some things into consideration.

For instance, do you have automatic sprinklers in place or are you planning on watering your new greenery by hand? Do you need plants that can withstand a bit of wear and tear from your kids and pets while they’re outside playing? How much sunlight does your yard get?

The USDA has a map set in place that breaks the country into zones based on average coolest temperatures. You should choose your trees and shrubs that will flourish in your area of New Jersey.

You will also need to decide between annuals, perennials or biennials.

  • Annuals: These are plants that start from seed and move to flower and back to seed again in a single growing season. The leaves, stems and roots of the plant die every year.
  • Perennials: These are plants that stick around for multiple seasons. During winter, the top part of the plant dies and regrows when spring returns.
  • Biennials: These are plants that require 2 years to go through their cycle. Season one growth is in the form of leaves near the soil’s surface. Season two growth produces flowers and seed formation and afterward, the plant dies.

Now it’s time to choose the actual trees, shrubs and flowers to plant in your yard. The Native Plant Society of New Jersey is a wealth of information when it comes to making the final decision. Click here to locate the county in which you live and an excel spreadsheet will open a listing of what will work best in your area.

Of course you could do all the research ahead of time or you can contact Palughi Landscape Services. They’re a full service landscaping company who can provide many services that will benefit your yard, especially if you aren’t sure how to maintain a beautiful outdoor landscape.

Palughi offers both residential and commercial services including landscape design, landscape construction, lawn maintenance, outdoor lighting and much more. Best of all, they offer free estimates. Contact Palughi today for yours.