Plant and Shrub Maintenance

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The art and science of punning. If you were to ask what pruning is and what it is not you have to start with “why prune at all”? Plants, shrubs and trees will grow to a genetically predisposed maximum height and width. If there is no reason to prune for height or width then let the plant grow.

Pruning is done for the following reasons:

  1. Obstruction concerns. Getting too big for the space where it was planted. Good pruning will keep plants in check so hard pruning will not be needed.
  2. Health reasons. Dead branches sit there with no purpose other then to attract fungus, moss or other pathogens that could travel into the good branches and cause further damage.
  3. Air circulation needs. Shrubs especially can become over grown with crossing branches or just too many inner branches. Thinning out dense inner branches from time to time will help.
  4. Natural form. This is a tricky one to address. Many plants and more so for shrubs are pruned or hedged into neat manicured shapes. You see this everywhere. Is this the right way to prune or hedge? In keeping with the natural form of the plant or shrub, not really. The reality is that a natural look is actually not all that welcome in many landscapes. We have trained the plants and thus ourselves to accept and actually prefer the manicured look. Plants and shrubs in their natural form are less labor intensive and you end up with a greater variation in forms and shapes.

Let us know what you want done and we can provide a professional service based on your needs.

  1. Hand pruning
  2. Hard pruning
  3. Power hedging
  4. Tall hedging


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