Professional Pruning for Optimum Plant Health
Your landscape’s trees and shrubs will grow naturally, but the right pruning can go a long way to improve their appearance and health, especially your flowering plants.
Why Prune, Anyway?
- To improve a plant’s appearance and help it keep the right shape.
- To prompt new growth. Plants respond to pruning by growing. Pruning also maximizes flowers and fruit. Pruning is very important for newly transplanted plants to balance the foliage with what the roots can support.
- To increase the plant’s health by removing dead, diseased or insect-infested wood. Thinning also increases air circulation and light to inner branches to prevent disease.
- For safety. Pruning removes weak branches that could fall and hurt people or damage property.
The best time to prune varies, depending on the kind of plant and when and where flowers appear. If blooms grow on shoots from the current season, like many kinds of roses, you need to prune before the plant blooms. If blooms grow on wood from the previous year, like the forsythia, or on wood that is two or more years old, like the apple tree, you need to prune immediately after blooming. It’s important to prune these plants before buds set for the next season.
Take Back Your Property Line
Having a wooded property is great in many ways, and we are fortunate that our area offers plenty of woodsy backyards. Over time, though, nature has a habit of encroaching, and before you know it, you’ll find that you have given up some real estate to overgrown trees and shrubs.
Invasive plants like bush honeysuckle are problematic because they dominate the understory in areas where they gain a foothold, but even trees and shrubs that were intentionally planted can become overgrown and limit your ability to make use of your landscape. If you feel like your property is getting a bit crowded, we recommend professional pruning to help push back the perimeter of your landscape.
Northeast Landscape Contractors offers professional pruning services that will increase the vitality and health of your shrubs and ornamental trees and keep your property line clear of unwanted overgrowth. For more information about how professional pruning can benefit your landscape, please contact us today.