Pruning is one of the most critical parts for all plants. It is important to know how and when to prune for maximum benefits. There are many reasons on why pruning can be so important. If you are trying to build a formal hedge you want to direct plant growth to a particular space. You also want to prune your plants to help control the size and shape. Proper pruning requires an understanding of how ants respond to various cuts. The plant is regrowing in an attempt to restore balance between the top of plant and the root system. Pruning will also stimulate growth of lateral shoots by allowing more sun light to come through the canopy of plants. The two basic types of pruning cuts are heading and thinning. Thinning cuts are the least invigorating type of cut and are the most effective pruning cut for maintaining woody plants in their natural form. Bench cuts, pruning limbs back to flat limbs, result in vigorous regrowth and weak limbs. Instead, thin out limbs leaving those oriented at a 45° to 60° angle from vertical. Improper pruning techniques can seriously damage or even kill plants. If you wish to have your plants properly maintained, call Quiett Scapes today for a free estimate.
Bush & Shrub Pruning
Pruning can be one of the most neglected task by homeowners in their landscape. A lot of effort goes into making your landscape picture perfect. Once the shape and size of the plant is achieved, bushes should be pruned multiple times throughout the year. This is best to keep the overall esthetics of your landscape to looking consistent throughout the season. The added benefit to multiple prunes in a season is that it will take minimal foliage off the shrubs. This makes the shrub foliage grow more dense and appear full. When bushes are not properly pruned they can begin to grow together as one bush. When this occurs the bushes will then compete for nutrients and sunlight. This subjects the plant to diseases and insect infestation creating unideal conditions for the plant. When correcting over grown shrubs a more extensive approach is taken. This approach is called renewal or renovation pruning. This involves making several cuts throughout the bush thinning its canopy. This can take several years for the shrubs to fill back out and then be reshaped.
New hedges require a formative pruning which is completed in the fall or spring time. Established hedges require regular trimming to keep them dense and compact. Hedges are trimmed in a tapered fashion where the base is wider than the top so sunlight can reach the bottom of the bush. It takes the proper equipment and steady hand to get a straight even cut on your landscapes hedges. Let our experienced team shape your Bushes.