Trees and Shrubs require yearly pruning to encourage new growth and to keep them healthy. Late winter and early spring, when the plant is dormant, is the time to prune for most trees or shrubs to reduce the stress caused by pruning. However some plants, shrubs especially, require pruning in May because their spring blooms formed the previous year.
We start by removing dead or weak branches. This is important because straight, clean cuts are easier for plants to heal than a jagged or ripped edge caused by these branches breaking on their own. Next we focus on thinning the foliage to allow sunlight and air into the plant. This keeps the plant from choking itself out and encourages it to grow stronger. Lastly, if the tree or bush requires, we shape it.
When a tree or shrub grows out of control for too long, or isn’t doing as well, a hard pruning can be the best choice. A hard pruning cuts off two or three times more than a regular pruning, giving the plant a fresh start. Not all plants can handle this and knowing how far you can cut back different plants is vital. But our trained gardeners are experts at rejuvenating overgrown or sick trees and shrubs.
Disease and Water Management
When a plant is planted in the wrong location it becomes vulnerable to disease. And the location is usually “wrong” because of how much water there is or how much water the soil holds. So when performing maintenance our crews are constantly on the lookout for perpetually wet or overly dry soil, sick or sad plants, and any fungi or parasitic insects. If any of these are found, we will immediately notify you and collaborate on a plan of action.