When and How to Prune Shrubs
What good is a flawless lawn if the bushes start to look shabby by comparison? When you leave your bushes to grow willy-nilly, they can start to look a little out of proportion. But not only does trimming the hedges keep them from growing haphazardly. It also extends the life of your shrubs! Call us for a consultation and we'll make an assessment of how frequently your hedges need trimming and take good care of them.
Here are some reasons to keep your bushes trimmed: it prevents the spread of disease from dying branches, and directs the plant's growth away from dying branches and into new healthy branches. It will also help blooming shrubs grow more blossoms.
But not only will it improve the health of your bushes. Trimming your bushes can also make the rest of your landscape and home look great as well. There are many kinds of possibilities for your home landscaping that open up when you clear space for other plants, or shape your shrubs to perfection.
Pruning your shrubs is an important factor in keeping your plants healthy. While it can seem difficult to know what needs to be trimmed on your own, we have a few tips that can make it easier for you.
First of all, know that blooming shrubs should only be trimmed during winter to avoid harming flower growth. But otherwise, non-blooming shrubs can be trimmed any time except for late fall, because it interferes with their growing season.
To make the whole process easier, set up a sheet or tarp to catch the branches you trim. Then use two stakes and level to tie a string level between the stakes. This will serve as a guide for level trimming. Cut along the string on top. Also, you should leave the base of the plant wider than the top.
When cutting the sides, start at the bottom and work up, cutting at a slight angle. It's always better to cut too little than too much, as you can fix that much easier afterwards.
Make sure you've cut away thick overgrown branches, cleared some space in the center so more light will reach bottom branches, and removed any dead branches.
Finally, make sure you're not removing more than ⅓ of the shrub.
All this is easier said than done, so give us a call and we can use our expertise to get down to business and get those shrubs looking ship-shape.
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