Landscape Maintenance – Pruning


Pruning helps direct plant growth to where you want it. It helps plants grow taller, wide and stronger, ti can also prevent awkward stems and branches from getting out of control while inhibiting disease.

When you are dealing with a hedge you want to time the pruning process with the natural growth surge in late spring, midsummer and early fall. Stop the process when winter is at least six weeks away to avoid damaging new growth by the cold, in this way you will avoid brown tips throughout the winter.

Spring blooming plants generally develop their buds in the fall when they become dormant. You should not prune until flowers fade in the late spring to early summer so the plant has time to develop.

Early summer bloomers including roses often benefit form a light fall prune to thin the branches. Mid and late summer bloomers are prunable anytime they become dormant and often benefit from a thorough prune in the late winter to early spring, which will lead to a heavy set of flowers.


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Shrubs are what I call the workhorse of the garden. They define space, direct foot traffic, create privacy and mask trouble areas. When designing I always take into account that every well dress property includes a foundation shrub which visually anchors a site. Like magic a foundation shrub creates a textured transition between lawn and home.

When you are selecting shrubs, take all four seasons into account

  • Colorful Stems
  • Branch Patterns
  • Foliage Color
  • Flowers and Fruit

The natural shape of a shrub is called its “form”.

Round and upright create structure and are used generally to create screens and backdrops or visually anchor the corners of a home. yew




Cushion/mounding shrubs naturally grown into mounds so they are ideal for foundation plantings where neatness is a priority.


Open and upright are a fine accent plant because they usually are deciduous plants with showy blooms, ideal if they are weaved in with evergreens. rhode.gif






Spreading shrubs have a low horizontal pattern so they can be used almost like ground covers.
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Fountain shrubs provide amazing fireworks when in bloom. They are used to accent corners, anchor large flower beds or define boundaries.



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