One of the first thoughts that likely comes to mind when you think of “good landscaping” is properly, regularly trimmed plants. Shrubs are beautiful when trimmed and well-maintained, but can quickly look overgrown. Overgrown shrubs affect the aesthetics of the rest of a lawn, and can even damage the siding of homes in some instances. But with a few shrub trimming tips, your shrubs can look both beautiful and healthy. Below are some of our suggestions for trimming shrubs.
Most shrubs benefit from annual trimming and pruning, but some shrubs require specific timing. For instance, spring-flowering shrubs such as forsythia should be pruned after flowering to promote pollination and maintain the blooms. Other shrubs are best pruned during dormancy in late winter. Trimming in winter or early spring helps stimulates growth and ensures the next growth is more lush and vibrant. Removing dead, diseased, or damaged branches is a good practice for any time of the year. Overall, the best time to prune or trim shrubs depends on which species of shrub you have.
Another one of our shrub trimming tips is knowing how often to trim. The trimming frequency depends on the species, but some rules of thumb still apply. Generally, formal evergreen shrubs should be trimmed around 2 to 3 times a year during the growing season, while some fast-growing conifers such as leylandii may need to be trimmed about 4 or 5 times a year. Trimming too little will obviously lead to overgrowth but do so too often, and the shrub’s growth can be stunted. Arborists take the current season into account. Once again, trimming frequency depends on the species, but for most shrubs, 2 to 3 trimmings a year is ideal.
One final tip is that having your shrubs trimmed by a professional arborist is most effective. First, a professional arborist has the knowledge and experience to identify dead, diseased, or damaged branches, and make the proper cuts accordingly. Their cuts are also more likely to maintain the shrub’s health and best promote new growth or pollination. And their training, plus their access to specialized trimming and pruning tools, means that hiring a professional arborist is safer. So if you are looking to keep your shrubs healthier and better looking, hire a professional arborist.
The many factors to consider when trimming shrubs are the reason many homeowners in Pennsylvania and Delaware call Stein Tree Service. Stein is a professional, licensed tree and plant health care business that has served many communities in Pennsylvania and Delaware for years. We provide a full range of plant and tree care services such as shrub trimming and pruning, plant health care, and treatment for insect infestation. Our arborists are certified and highly experienced with a long history of crew and property safety. For more information on shrub trimming tips or our services, contact us today.
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