The other evening, my husband and I got away for a few hours to go and see a movie. On our way, we stopped by for dinner at El Pollo Loco.
As we were leaving, I looked toward the drive-thru and saw numerous Valentine shrubs.
As you can see, the shrubs are planted very closely together, so they do not have room to grow to their natural size.
So, landscapers come in and prune away the attractive natural shape of these shrubs along with their colorful, winter flowers.
The problem with this area is over planting.
You can really see it on the other side of the drive-thru lane.
Often, landscape architects and designers add more plants then needed because when first planted, plants look scrawny and small. Not necessarily something their client wants to see. They want immediate impact from plants.
But, just 2 years later, you have unattractive green blobs because there just isn’t enough room for them to grow and they require frequent visits from the landscaper.
So, what can be done? Well, if I were managing this property – I would pull out every other shrub in order to allow the remaining shrubs more room to grow.
This not only will create a more attractive landscape, but one that requires less maintenance, thereby saving money.
Valentine shrubs need to be pruned once a year in May.
Prune them back to 1 – 2 ft. wide and tall and you are done for the year.
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