Summer is a challenging time for shrubs in Texas because of the hot weather, meaning you’ll need to give your plants extra care and attention, so they can make it through this intense season healthy and looking their absolute best. First, you want to make sure your shrubs have the nutrients they need to survive the heat, so you'll need to fertilize them in the months leading up to summer. Next, inspect your shrubs regularly for signs of insects or diseases to prevent any problems from spiraling out of control. Finally, make sure they are trimmed and pruned. Not only will your shrubs look amazing after a fresh trim, but pruning can help keep any infections from spreading to other areas, or in the worst-case scenario, to other surrounding shrubs.

1. Fertilize Your Shrubs

A fertilization expert wearing blue gloves holding red and white fertilizer on a property in Austin, TX.

One of the most important things you can do for your shrubs in the months leading up to summer is to make sure they’re properly fertilized. Fertilizer treatments provide your shrubs with essential nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, which they will need to make it through the hot summer. Ideally, you’ll want to aim to fertilize them in March to prepare for the rise in temperature. Then you’ll want to apply another round of fertilizer in June to kick off the summer season. This second application will ensure that your shrubs have all the nutrients they need to survive the coming months.

2. Check your shrubs regularly for signs of insects or diseases.

Close up on a diseased shrub leaf on a property in West Lake Hills, TX.

Another thing you need to do for your shrubs this summer is to regularly monitor their health and check for any signs of disease or insect infestations. If left unchecked, pests and diseases can end up destroying your shrubs, so you need to act at the first signs of danger. If you end up seeing any signs of an infection or an infestation, then it’s best to reach out to a lawn and landscape professional to schedule curative treatments. That way, you can quickly nip any problems in the bud before they turn into bigger issues.

Some common pests to look out for this summer include bagworms, aphids, and webworms.

3. Trim & Prune Your Shrubs

A homeowner in Buda, TX wearing green gloves and trimming her shrubs.

Another way to keep your shrubs healthy is by trimming and pruning them. It’s important to regularly trim your shrubs to keep them looking their best. Trimming facilitates new growth and can help with air circulation. Having well-trimmed shrubs in your yard will increase the aesthetic appeal of your property!

Pruning, on the other hand, is done for the benefit of your shrub’s health. Dead or infected branches need to be removed to keep infections from spreading to the rest of your shrub, or in some cases, to any of your surrounding plants. It’s best to reach out to a lawn care professional to prune your shrubs because you don’t want to accidentally harm them or prune them at the wrong time. Professionals will have the knowledge and experience of dealing with a variety of different plants to ensure your shrubs are always properly pruned and well maintained.

Call us today to schedule our shrub fertilization, shrub disease and insect control, and trimming and pruning services!

At Century Lawn and Landscape, our team of experts has been taking care of shrubs since 2013, so we know exactly how to keep them in pristine condition throughout the summer. We offer a variety of services such as trimming and pruning, shrub fertilization treatments, and shrub disease and insect control. We service residential properties in the Austin, TX area, including nearby areas such as Bee Cave and Dripping Springs. Call us today at (512) 786-1694 and schedule any of our shrub care services!