May 07, 2018

Tips for Pruning Shrubs

Has your front yard started to feel overgrown? Is it time to trim your hedge, but you feel overwhelmed by the task? There’s no need to worry. At 404-CUT-TREE, our certified arborists and tree care specialists provide a wide range of services in Atlanta, Suwanee, Buckhead, Decatur, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain, Alpharetta, Marietta and other nearby metro area communities. Our team has many years of experience trimming and pruning trees and bushes of all varieties, and we’ve learned many tips along the way. Here are a few of the most valuable suggestions, so you can have success with your next DIY attempt at pruning your shrubs and bushes.

Understand the Needs of Your Unique Shrub or Bush

The first step is to do research on the type of shrub or bush you have planted. While some homeowners gather a lot of information before purchasing and planting a new shrub, others don’t have a lot of data. Whether you moved in after the bush was already in place, or you bought your shrub because it was on sale, it’s vital that you do your homework before getting out your shears. There are a lot of different types of shrubs including red tips, laurels, boxwoods and more. Knowing which species you have will help you make an informed decision about where, when and how to trim your shrubs branches.

Remove Dead, Damaged or Misbehaving Branches

The first step to pruning shrubs is to remove the “4D’s” – the dead, damaged, diseased or dying branches. Leaving these kinds of branches in tact could cause major problems for your shrub and other surrounding plants. Decaying wood can invite fungal growth, plant diseases and invasive insects, which may kill your shrub and cause damage to surrounding property.

Prune Away Extra Canes as Necessary

Cane-type bushes such as hydrangeas and forsythias are very popular because of their gorgeous flowers. However, they also tend to produce new canes each year, which can cause massive overgrowth if neglected for multiple seasons. Generally, many property owners choose to prune away 1/3 of the existing canes, to provide space for new growth. Be careful though, there are a handful of varieties that don’t perform well when drastically pruned. Again, it’s important to be well informed about the preferences of your exact shrub species.

Cut Branches at the Collar 

When trimming a branch, make sure you’re cutting at the collar, where the branch and trunk join. Leaving stubs may encourage wood rot, which will damage the shrub long term.

Avoid Over Trimming Evergreens

While it’s true that many cane bushes and shrubs do well with heavy pruning, evergreens often require less drastic trimming. Removing some overgrown branches is important, to ensure the shrub is getting enough sunlight and airflow, but overdoing it could create more harm than good.

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Is it time for your next Atlanta pruning or trimming service? Then call the experts at 404-CUT-TREE. Our commercial and residential tree care specialists are ready to put their tools and talent to work for your Atlanta, GA area property. Contact our office to find out more about our wide range of services or to schedule an appointment with a certified arborist near you.