Shrubbery should be more than a pretty face. If pruned properly, there aren’t a lot of dead branches beneath a thin veneer of leafy growth.
When out walking and admiring gardens, we’ve all seen attractive globe and box-shaped bushes that appear vibrant until we notice that one side is hacked away and reveals nothing but dead limbs. They are the victims of dead-wrong trimming.
At Serpico Landscaping, we practice renewal pruning to keep greenery healthy and natural looking.
Right and Wrong Methods
Proper pruning rejuvenates foliage to an attractive density and natural look. It maintains healthy growth along far more than the tips of branches. But mention pruning, and most people think about cutting back branches with powered hedge trimmers. These are not the best tools for thinning, shaping and renewing.
True “hard” pruning involves the use of hand pruners to make selective cuts. Instead, correct pruning requires tools such as bypass pruners, shears and loppers.
The scissor action of bypass pruners and pruning shears is good for making healthy cuts to shrubs such as mock orange (Philadelphus lewisii), Pittosporum, California Coffeeberry (Rhamnus californica), woody perennials and Rosa species, such as carpet rose. In contrast, loppers are appropriate for the heavier limbs of trees and overgrown evergreen shrubs.
Don’t confuse the use of hand shears with the word “shearing,” which is often applied to the use of powered hedge trimmers. While “trimming” is also a term people use when working with powered equipment, it is also applied to the act of light hand trimming, such as when removing spent flower stems.
Successful landscape maintenance partly requires successful pruning — knowing where to place your cuts and what seasons are best for doing the work. For homeowners or homeowner associations that maintain lots of shrubs, correct pruning by professional arborists protects investment in a beautiful landscape. Trained arborists know the right methods and times for hand pruning.
Late autumn and winter are best for renewal pruning of many kinds of shrubs and trees, a practice that is also called “winter pruning” and “rejuvenation.” Dormancy, the time of year when plants rest, is excellent for renewal pruning of the majority of blooming shrubs and trees. It doesn’t interfere with the plant’s flowering season. Pruning at a less than optimal time may mean that you miss out on a season of color.
Rejuvenation with Serpico
From now through winter, you’ll find Serpico busy around HOAs performing renewal pruning. Our goal is to remove dead wood and, when necessary, reduce the size of shrubs to promote healthy, green growth throughout the branches.
Sorry to say, but many HOA landscape maintenance companies pull out the powered hedge trimmers instead of proper tools and procedures when pruning. Their prices may appear more affordable than ours, but their practices lead to frequent replacement of shrubbery, perennials and trees. That’s expensive and results in landscapes that are less attractive and sustainable.
At Serpico, we believe in doing things the right way and providing long-lasting beauty. Call or contact us online today for a free estimate or to answer any questions you may have. We’re busy, but never too busy to listen to your needs.