June 25, 2015
Pruning / Trimming for Hunterdon & Somerset Counties
Pruning is the removal of plant parts to benefit the plant. Pruning includes removing suckers and water spouts that disrupt the natural plant shape.
Pruning can improve the plant’s health by removing dead, diseased and / or damages branches.
With pruning, you can direct growth to balance a shrub that is lopsided, keep a shrub small and compact, make one grow tall, or open up another.
Timing is extremely important when pruning your trees and shrubs. The appropriate time of year in which to prune a particular shrub depends on what type of shrub it is. Shrubs that are grown primarily for their flowers require greater attention to timing than evergreen shrubs, both coniferous and broad leafed. Flowering shrubs divide into two groups: those that flower on old wood and those that flower on new wood. On this basis alone, you can determine when to prune your flowering shrubs. New wood is new stem growth that is produced during the current growing season. It is usually light green or pinkish in color. Old wood has been grown during a previous season. It is usually much darker in color than new wood, and is much more brittle. Shrubs that bloom in early spring bloom on old wood and should be pruned a week or two after the flowers drop. Shrubs that blossom in late spring or in the summer produce flowers on wood that was grown during the same growing season. The time to prune those shrubs is during the dormant season, or just before growth starts in very early spring.
Contact our pruning specialists now to schedule your free pruning estimate.