Just like humans need a haircut once in a while — even if it’s just a trim while growing out their hair — plants also need pruning every so often.
When done right, pruning helps plants to grow more efficiently, uniformly and healthily. Pruning can even lengthen a plant’s life. This actually may be one of the most important tasks we perform during our landscape maintenance service.
If you understand the reasons we prune plants and how this task revives them, you’ll know just how crucial it is for the health of your New York or Connecticut landscape.
Why Is Pruning Important?
There are so many reasons to prune trees and shrubs on your New York or Connecticut property throughout the year. Here are just a few:
Increase growth. Pruning is a wonderful way to increase the number of flowers or fruit that will grow on a plant the next season.
Eliminate problems. We prune to get rid of problems like overcrowded branches. It’s easier for sunlight to penetrate all areas of a plant when branches aren’t crowded, making for a more attractively shaped plant.
Remove diseased, damaged or dead growth. Cutting out extraneous growth channels more energy to the thriving parts of the plant.
Rejuvenate old plant material.
Rejuvenation pruning can provide all of the benefits mentioned above, and now is the time to get started. Just before buds start to appear on trees, shrubs and flowers is the perfect time to revitalize the plants in your landscape!
Why Rejuvenation Pruning?
When a plant starts to look tired or even overgrown, many homeowners’ first instinct is to pull it out of the landscape and put another one in its place. But that’s an expensive instinct!
Why spend extra money to replace plants, trees or shrubs that are looking a little gangly — or maybe even growing into other plants, or blocking a path or walkway — when pruning could give them a new lease on life?
Proper pruning on these troubled plants will help them to start producing fresh growth for a more manageable look. Pruning may even increase the number of flowers those plants produce.
Addition By Subtraction
The landscape maintenance professionals at Neave Landscaping refer to rejuvenation pruning as “addition by subtraction.”
Here’s how it works: When overgrowth is getting in the way aesthetically, it’s also getting in the way of the plant focusing on needed growth. By removing those dead or extraneous branches, all the energy gets diverted back to new growth that’s usually much more orderly and beautiful.
You may be reducing the size of the plant initially, but pruning actually helps the plant flourish as it moves forward!
It should be noted that some plants respond better than others to rejuvenation pruning in a New York or Connecticut landscape than others. Woody plants such as hydrangea, lilac, dogwood and weigela respond especially well.
Now Is The Time For Rejuvenation Pruning
Are there areas in your landscape that could benefit from rejuvenation pruning? Late winter and very early spring are the best time to take care of this service.
Get in touch with the landscape maintenance professionals at Neave Landscaping for a complimentary landscape consultation. We can help you craft a year-round landscape maintenance plan that includes pruning and many other necessary tasks.
If you’re in the Hudson Valley at (845) 463-0592. If you’re in Westchester County, call (914) 271-7996; from Connecticut, dial (203) 212-4800. Or, fill out our simple web form, and we’ll contact you about setting up your free consultation.
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