Just like people need an occasional hair cut so we don’t look too wild, so do ornamental trees and shrubs need some corrective pruning. While most people do prune shrubs and trees during the summer, an occasional trimming by a professional arborist corrective pruning can help you maintain things proportional, especially if you use landscapers who often have little pruning experience.

When it comes to ornamental trees often people let nature take its course, not wanting to lose blossoms. From my observations, letting nature take care of this pruning, often results in disastrous consequences, with little regard for aesthetics. The shrub or tree will never look right as the damaged area always looks unbalanced.

Occasional pruning also accomplishes the need to keep trees and shrubs size in check, proportional to a house. Too large and they will overwhelm a building.  Too close and they allow wild life access to your house. Keeping branches away from roofs and siding helps extend the life of a roof and prevent damage to siding. If you are planning on having your house painted this summer, trimming shrubs and trees should be done first.

A little preventative maintenance goes a long ways to maintain delicate ornamental trees such as dogwoods, flowering cherry trees, flowering almond and crabapple trees. Prior to any pruning a few aspects may need to be assessed including trimming. These ornamental trees should NOT be trimmed after the end of March as flowering trees are easily prone to contracting fungus diseases that will quickly enter the vascular system of the tree and sometimes irreparably damage a tree.

If in doubt or question, just give us a call us so we can assess what needs to be trimmed or what can wait.