Some people think that trees and shrubs need pruning when their limbs or branches obstruct a path or when they touch electrical wires. But that is only one of the reasons why it is an essential part of landscape maintenance. This method of landscape maintenance has other benefits, too.
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Aside from removing branches that block paths, pruning trees or shrubs provides other benefits like:
- Better plant health. Done right, shrub and tree pruning can promote their growth. Removing their branches improves air circulation and allows new branches to grow.
- Boost aesthetics. Well-manicured lawns are applied with this method in training plants, trees and shrubs to achieve a certain design, size, or shape.
- Increased production. Fruit- and flower-bearing plants maximize their production when regularly pruned.
Pruning Plants and Shrubs
Different trees and shrubs need different pruning techniques. If a particular tree withered or died, it simply means that the wrong technique was used.
Here are the five basic pruning techniques and the type of plants that benefit most from them:
- Heading. In heading, only the end or terminal portions are removed, which enables the plant to produce a denser growth. This is usually the technique used in crepe myrtle pruning as well as for Abelias and Ligustrum. Pinching, another form of heading, removes the tips of flowering plants and shrubs.
- Thinning. Thinning is the method of removing an entire branch. This is done to promote air circulation or prevent overcrowding.
- Renewal. Renewal pruning removes an entire cane from the ground level. This leads to denser, healthier growth and decreased height. This is the best method to use for Dogwoods, Lilacs, and Honeysuckles.
- Rejuvenative. This involves the removal of all limbs. Certain types of Hydrangea, Annabelles, and Snowhills respond to this method.
- Shearing. Shearing keeps hedges neat and straight. Yews, Boxwoods, and certain types of shrubs benefit from this method.
Specialized Pruning Techniques — Palm Tree Pruning
Some plants are more sensitive than others. Palm trees, for example, do not respond to the pruning techniques described above. Doing so can cause the palm tree to die prematurely. At Pleasant Landscapes, we employ a special technique in palm tree pruning. Pine and other evergreen trees also require a specific approach to ensure that they stay strong and healthy.
As a rule, flowering trees, shrubs, and vines that bloom in summer must be pruned in late winter or early spring while those that flower in spring should be pruned as soon as the last blooms have faded. However, some plants that are exempted from this rule are hydrangeas and roses.
Your Plants' Life Depend on Pruning Experts
Pruning plants is not as simple as it seems. Removing branches or leaves at the wrong part during the wrong season is a sure way to kill your trees. It may also compromise your safety because you might fall when dealing with taller trees. Why do it yourself when you can trust a company that has dedicated itself to shrub and tree pruning service?
We at Pleasant Landscapes have in-house licensed arborists and workers who are highly trained and widely experienced in all techniques, including crepe myrtle and palm tree pruning. We have boom trucks as well as the latest tools and equipment to ensure that every project that we handle is completed on time and with utmost efficiency.
Let the expertise at Pleasant Landscapes take good care of your South Carolina property. Call us now. 843-886-9314.