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Pruning Flowering Shrubs

by ProMark Landscaping on Thursday, April 12, 2018 9:00 AM

Spring is finally here!  What a Winter that was.  Now is the time to start pruning those flowering shrubs!

Why Prune?

Now is the time for pruning many shrubs.  This is because the shrubs are leafless so you can better see the shape and identify dead, damaged and diseased wood.  Late Summer and Fall pruning are not ideal times as new growth is subject to winter injury.

When to Prune?

Summer blooming shrubs are pruned in late winter/early spring because the flower buds form on new wood.  

Spring flowering shrubs should be pruned after flowering.  If pruned too early, you will remove the flowering buds.  

How to Prune?

There are two types of pruning cuts: heading cuts and thinning cuts.  Heading cuts remove part of a branch back to a bud.  Thinning cuts remove an entire limb.  

Make pruning cuts correctly.  Heading cuts- prune 1/4 inch above the bud.  Thinning cuts- these are just above the side branches and parallel to them.  These cuts can be used to reduce the overall size of the plant.

When one third of the plant's oldest stems are cut to the ground, its called renovation or renewal pruning.  This can be done in spring or summer.

Pruning can help the overall health of the shrub.  It allows for new growth as well as allowing light to penetrate the interior of the shrub to promote new, health buds to grow.  Now is the time to get outside and start pruning!  

 

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Winter Is Upon Us!! Here are Some Tips To Help Prevent Property Damage!

by ProMark Landscaping on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 11:00 AM


 

 

 

Winter is here!! For some of us that is music to our ears and to others we are dreaming of being on a tropical island drinking a delicious cocktail with an umbrella in it.  The reality is, we cannot avoid mother nature but we can help prevent damage she may cause.  Here are a few tips to help you this winter season:

 

-If you plan to plow your driveway, make sure you line both sides with reflector stakes to help eliminate the possibility of damaging your lawn.  We all know how hard it is to destinguish the lawn from the driveway once it is covered in snow.  Even though its our lawn. 

-If you get a significant now fall, make sure you protect the structural stability of your home by removing the large piles of snow sitting on your roof. Now you may feel silly shoveling snow off your roof; with the neighbors watching, however, it’s important...
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