Proper pruning enhances the beauty of almost any landscape tree and shrub, and can make your property the envy of the neighborhood. Pruning, like any other skill, requires knowing what you are doing to achieve success. At Maple Leaf Inc, our pruners are well trained and experienced. The old idea that anyone with a chain saw or a hedge pruner can be a landscape pruner is far from the truth. Remember that pruning is the removal or reduction of certain plant parts that are not required, that are no longer effective, or that are of no use to the plant. It is done to supply additional energy for the development of flowers, fruits, and limbs that remain on the plant. Pruning, which has several definitions, essentially involves removing plant parts to improve the health, landscape effect, or value of the plant.
Pruning can actually be done at any time of the year. Contrary to popular belief, pruning at the wrong time of the year does not kill plants, but continual improper pruning results in damaged or weakened plants. In general, the best time to prune most plants is during late fall or early spring before growth begins. There are exceptions to this rule, and they will be noted by your Maple Leaf Inc. representative.
At Maple Leaf Inc. we follow a definite plan. We consider the reasons or purposes before any cutting begins. By making the pruning cuts in a certain order, the total number of cuts is reduced greatly. Our skilled pruners’ first remove all dead, broken, diseased or problem limbs by cutting them at the point of origin or back to a strong lateral branch or shoot. Often, removing this material opens the canopy sufficiently so that no further pruning is necessary. The next step in pruning is to make any training cuts that are needed. By cutting back lateral branches, the tree or shrub is trained to develop a desired shape, to fill in an open area or to keep it in bounds to fit a given area.