For over 70 years, we have worked on properties from residential to commercial, of all shapes and sizes. Although these properties have many differences, over the years we have noticed a few commonalities. The goal is always to create a beautiful landscape, and for commercial properties one that attracts new business. Whether it be a senior living facility, or an office park, property managers want their tenants to feel cared for and invested in. This means that there must be a wealth of healthy plant material on the landscape. Without it, the property will feel bland and dead. Flowers for color, but large plant material is equally as important. Shrubs provide structure and privacy, keeping your property safe from the outside world. Like flowers, shrubs need to be maintained to stay healthy, and look good. One type of maintenance that needs to be performed is trimming. Also known as pruning, we will go over the importance of trimming and how to choose the best time to trim shrubs.
What is Pruning/Trimming?
It can get a little confusing, but these two words are referring to the exact same thing. You will see these terms used interchangeably often. This is the process of removing unwanted foliage from the shrub, in order to make room for healthy growth. Your desire to remove foliage could be due to decay or death, or to prevent the spread of disease. When this potentially hazardous foliage is removed, it stimulates new growth to take its place. Doing this on a routine basis keeps your shrub healthy, continually providing the benefits that we will talk about next.
Benefits of Shrub Trimming
There are many benefits to trimming your shrubs, primarily rooted in the health of the shrub. First off, decayed branches or foliage can be hazardous, flying off during stormy weather. This could damage people or property, neither of which is a good time. Additionally, when you cut off a piece of decay, you prevent the cause of the decay from spreading to the rest of your plant. Oftentimes decay is caused by disease or pests, which you can cut off at the source. Additionally, trimming your shrubs is aesthetically beneficial, as you can direct growth in the direction you want. You also clean up the look of the shrub, removing crossing branches, or anything deemed to be unsightly. This brings the shrub back to a clean, uniform appearance that will contribute to your curb appeal. The more routinely you trim your shrubs, the longer they will last, simple as that.
When to Trim Shrubs?
Now that you know all about shrub trimming, you are probably wondering when the best time is to do it. Unlike many other types of plant material like flowers and trees, there is a consensus on when the best time is to trim shrubs in our area. Trimming in late spring is the perfect time, as new growth will come back quickly in peak growing season. You want to make sure you trim, or have them trimmed, before their buds begin to set for the year. For all of your landscape maintenance needs, including shrub trimming, give our team at Pezza a call and see what we can do for you today.
Pezza Landscape, Inc. is a full-service landscaping company proudly serving the Chicagoland area and its surrounding suburbs. Give us a call at (630) 393-7373 or visit our website to get in touch.