Fall Shrub Trimming
September is the time to start trimning your shrubs and hedges before the colder weather starts.
Shrub and Tree Trimming
The care of your shrubs and trees is an essential part of maintaining the health, value, and aesthetics of your landscape. At Suburban Landscaping, our trained crews are experts at caring for your landscape plantings. Trimming and pruning your shrubs and trees, along with insect and disease control, is the best way to maintain healthy balanced growth and help your landscape flourish.
Proper and timely pruning will provide a return on investment by enhancing the curb appeal of your landscape and expanding the life of your plants. Many shrubs need seasonal trimming to maintain their vitality and appearance for the following year. Our professional pruning services will enhance the natural beauty of your shrubs, and maintain the original look your landscape architect intended. When pruning shrubs, we practice both shape pruning for an exact defined look and selective hand pruning giving a more natural look.
Shrubs are usually pruned two times per season to maintain good shape, remove dead, damaged, or unproductive branches. Pruned at the proper time of year trimming also maximizes the natural color and blooming of most plants.
Suburban Landscaping takes the time to educate our staff on the proper techniques for trimming the different species of plants in our area. We also have specific trimming crews that specialize in trimming, all day, every day, all season long.
Tree trimming is an important maintenance practice in your landscape care. There are basically two tree care objectives in pruning trees and trimming shrubs; Hazard reduction tree pruning addresses a specific danger caused by visible safety issues in your trees, such as low hanging branches over sidewalks. Maintenance tree pruning preserves or improves tree health and structure. Special care is taken to encourage structural integrity, appearance, shape, tree safety and the overall health of your trees.
Broken, unhealthy, infected, and low hanging branches and limbs shall be removed from all high profile trees in and around lawn and landscaped areas.
Prune to protect people and property.
We can prune out weak or narrow-angled tree branches that overhang you home, parking area, and sidewalks — We’ll remove hazardous or dead tree branches from areas where falling limbs could injure people or damage property.
Tree branches that obscure the entry to your home or property should also be removed for security purposes. Pruning out the dead branches or shoots from your trees makes increases the possibility of stopping the progress of most diseases that can kill the entire tree. Without pruning, many trees can fall victim to disease and may suffer from crowding due to excess growth.
Sometimes when shrubs have been neglected or overgrown their surroundings, it is necessary to rejuvenate them through selective pruning and thinning. Neglected bushes often require extensive shrub trimming to make them attractive again. This is where rejuvenation pruning becomes necessary. Rejuvenation pruning is the calculated, artistic way of reducing the size of overgrown shrubs by pruning more than the usual or standard amount. Besides reducing the size of a plant, Rejuvenation pruning can also re-vitalize the growth on a stagnant shrub, increase blooms the following year, and develop a thicker, healthier plant.
This service is a specialized skill that requires considerable knowledge about the plant being pruned. Even though some plants can tolerate this type of pruning on an annual basis, we only recommend this service for severely overgrown shrubs.
When To Trim Shrubs
Shrub trimming should occur for most shrubs twice during the spring and late summer months, when growth is rampant. Some shrubs do require more than two trimmings per year, such as formal hedges and topiaries. There are also shrubs that should only be trimmed once per season to promote following year blooms. The spring trimming in the most important trimming for stimulating new branches and filling in the shape of your shrubs. Timing of pruning is a big consideration, for example, pruning a spring-flowering shrub, such as a lilac, during the dormant season or late fall will reduce the amount of blooms the plant produces. Generally, It’s usually best to prune spring-flowering shrubs shortly after blooming period ends.
Pruning Formal Hedges
There is something visually appealing about a healthy, well maintained hedge. A symmetrical wall of green creates visual and physical limits in the landscape and provides a softer, more pleasing effect than wood, metal or plastic fencing materials. Hedges are an effective backdrop for flower beds and borders or may stand on their own in a diversity of shapes and sizes.
Formal hedges are beautiful when well kept, but if they are not properly maintained they may become overgrown or poorly-shaped. Maintaining a formal hedge is time-consuming and requires proper pruning techniques. First, pruning must be done regularly to maintain the desired shape. Second, it is important to shape a formal hedge so that it is narrower at the top than at the bottom. A pyramidal shape allows the lower branches and leaves to receive the sunlight that is required to produce a dense, full hedge from top to bottom. Finally, it is important to know the natural growth habit and height of the shrub species. It may require several prunings to keep a tall plant maintained at a shorter level. The best time of the year for pruning most hedges is in the spring, but many need to be pruned 2-4 times during the growing season.
To avoid thinning out the bottom of hedges, a technique called beveling must be used. Beveling is where you bevel the top of the hedge narrower than the bottom, allowing the sides of the hedge to protrude at a slight angle. This prevents the top of the hedge from blocking sunlight to the bottom of the hedge resulting in thinning at the bottom.