Back in the 1950’s and 1960’s it was customary for home builders to overplant house lots with evergreens. Now those Rhododendrons or Arborvitaes may be towering over, smothering, or just plain hiding your home.
One option is to cut all those evergreen plants down and start over with new, smaller plants. Another idea is to cut back and prune those out-of-control shrubs so they fit into the desired space. The best option would be to conduct yearly pruning to keep your plants from overgrowing their spots and covering your home, deck, patio, and fence. This would ensure optimal health and aesthetics.
The following six tips will help you tame your out-of-control plants:
- Prune annually to keep plants contained to their site
- Prune after blooming for the best crop of flowers next spring
- Cut back new, ‘leggy’ growth for a neater appearance
- Prune to separate and define plants
- Thin overgrown shrubs and ornamental trees to improve light and air circulation
- Don’t attempt this if you are not sure what you are doing, it is easy to damage your plants
You’ll be amazed at the difference a little pruning will make to your property.
Need some help? Give us a call, or request a free consultation, and we’ll send an arborist out to meet with you to discuss your pruning needs.