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savatree shrub pruning proper technique

By thinning out the oldest branches, heading back tall, leggy stems and cleaning up unproductive or dead wood, most shrubs can be maintained at the proper height and spread for many years.

The Best Time for Shrub Pruning

There is an optimal time for shrub pruning that depends on a host of factors, such the climate, species, habitat, and current health of the plant. Our ISA Certified Arborists take all of this into account when they visit your property.

Flowering shrubs are a good example, since timing has a crucial effect on the amount of flowers they will produce. These shrubs typically should be pruned shortly after blooming, but before the buds are set for the following season.

Shrub Pruning Techniques

Before pruning or trimming your shrubs, we’ll take stock of your plantings and landscape. This way, our experts know which type of pruning will be both beneficial to the health of the shrub and aesthetically pleasing to you.

Thinning Shrubs

In this shrub trimming technique, branches are selectively removed at the base to open up the crown, maximize light penetration and prevent the shrub from growing too large for its surroundings.

This type of shrub pruning is also performed to emphasize the larger stems and trunks if you are training your shrub to look like a small tree.

Shaping Shrubs

We cut back or “head” branches to a point where they meet another branch or bud, keeping the cut at a 45 degree angle.

If you desire a formal look, we trim back the new shoots by half in early summer to stimulate branching at the base. Then, in the fall,  we trim all new growth back by half again and begin shaping the shrub by tapering the sides and making the top flat or rounded.

It can be tempting to try DIY pruning, but it’s very easy to overdo it, resulting in a loss of flowers and fruit formation. Experts prune only when there is a definite reason.

Interested in having your pruning done by an expert?