Natural pruning works with the way a plant wants to grow.
Let’s face it – landscape maintenance services are very competitive. In this industry, there is always a balance between doing what is right and staying within the budget. When it comes to tree and shrub pruning, Trimmers Landscaping has found that perfect balance.
What is right? Trees do not grow like turf. Trimming shrubs the same way you mow your grass will cause a flush of growth on the tips. This is known as “shearing.” In some cases, shearing is appropriate – like in a formal garden hedge. Overgrown shrubs may require more aggressive pruning known as “reductive pruning.”
Whenever possible, our horticulturists will employ natural pruning strategies. Natural pruning is a process of thinning and shaping a plant according to the way it wants to grow – as opposed to carving it into the shape you want it to be.
When is pruning needed? Once we’ve established what type of pruning is best for the plant, we will put it on a pruning schedule. If it is shearing, then trimming will be done in July or August. Flowering evergreens may require post-bloom pruning, often done in late spring. Deciduous flowering trees prefer dormant pruning before the leaves come out.
What does it cost? Although initially it takes more time to naturally prune out a neglected plant, the budgetary advantage to our approach to natural pruning is that costs gradually reduce as the plant begins to take on its natural shape. This process is generally done over several seasons, so as not to stress the plant.
Would you like your shrubs to have a more natural look? Give us a call today for a free on-site consultation and allow us to develop a pruning schedule that is just right for your landscape – and your budget!