Tips for Pruning and Trimming Your Shrubs

A beautifully pruned or trimmed shrub or hedge can enhance your landscaping. However, shrubs that are allowed to grow out of control can make your yard look unkempt. Knowing how to correctly trim and prune your shrubs can ensure they look neat and stay healthy. Here are a few tips for keeping your shrubs and hedges looking beautiful.

When to Prune

It is not just how to prune but also when. Different shrubs and hedges require trimming at the right point in the season. A few basic rules of thumb include:

  • Trim flowering shrubs after they bloom. This could be in late spring for some, in the fall for summer bloomers.
  • Prune after new growth. For shrubs that do not bloom, wait for new growth to form before pruning. Too soon and you may hinder the new growth.

Technique

When trying to manicure a shrub or hedge, technique is important. Start by clipping dead branches and the largest ones first. Use the deeper ends of your shears or pruner to cut touch branches, making a clean cut for easier healing. To cut straight lines, use a point of reference and use string to create an outline of where you want the line to be before cutting.

Tools

Knowing which tool to use for different trimming projects will make the job easier. You can talk to an expert at your garden center to determine which tools are best for which projects.

Trimming and pruning can be more difficult than it seems. You don’t want to make the wrong cuts that could harm your shrubs or prune at the wrong time. A fool proof way to keep your shrubs and hedges looking beautiful and healthy is to hire a professional landscaper. They have the right tools and expertise to ensure the job gets done right.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

Keeping Your Shrubs and Hedges Healthy

Shrubs and hedges can add beauty and dimension to your landscape design. However, often times these plants are not as simple to maintain as you may think. Without regular maintenance and care, they can become overgrown, unhealthy and attract pests to your yard. To make it even more difficult, many common shrubs and hedges used in landscape design are not native to the region they are planted, requiring specialized care to keep them healthy. Here are a few tips to help keep your shrubs and hedges healthy and beautiful year-round.

Watch for Signs of Pests and Fungus

Are your bushes infected with pests or fungus? You may not realize they are under attack unless you know the signs. Shrubs and hedges that begin losing their leaves, have wet spots, brown or yellow spots or mushroom growth may have a pest or fungal problem. If you notice any of these signs, call your local landscaper to have a professional analysis performed on your bushes before they succumb to these pests. Treatments can be used to save your bushes from common pests and fungal issues.

Regular Pruning

Pruning not only keeps your hedges and shrubs looking beautiful, it can help them stay healthy. However, it is important to know when to prune and how often for each type of plant. Hiring a professional landscaper can help remove the guess work and ensure your hedges and shrubs continue to look beautiful and thrive.

Don’t take your bushes, shrubs and hedges for granted. Scheduling regular maintenance for these beautiful plants from a professional landscaper can help keep them healthy and protect your beautiful landscaping.

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Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040
770-884-7277

Maintaining Beautiful Manicured Hedges

There are few landscaping options capable of adding as much classical beauty to a home as manicured hedges and shrubs. However, keeping hedges perfectly pruned and trimmed can be quite time consuming.  You need the right equipment on hand, and must be willing to dedicate the necessary time to keep them in the shape you desire. If you have hedges or are considering adding these majestic plants to your landscaping design, be aware of the maintenance these plants will require to maintain their sophisticate silhouette.

Manicured Hedge Maintenance

To keep hedges groomed, you will need to have the right shears and pruning equipment. While you can use a power trimmer for large hedges, you also will need bypass hand pruners. Trimming only with a power trimmer or shears for shape will increase the bud production, making your hedge thicker. Hand pruners are needed to ensure that light can penetrate these thick hedges and keep the interior of the bush healthy.

It is also important to know when and how often to trim your hedges. Winter is usually the best time to do major trimming on hedges, when the branches are not in bud. The rest of the year, you will need to continue trimming to shape your hedges and keep new growth stimulated to create thick, beautiful hedges.

For many, maintaining hedges can become too much work, resulting in straggly bushes that are an eyesore instead of the shaped hedges that they had hoped to have edging their yard. A simple solution is to hire an expert to trim and prune your hedges. Let the professionals give your hedges the special care they need, while you enjoy the beauty of having the envious beauty of a classically beautiful lawn.

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Lanier Yardscapes
Peachree City, GA
(770) 648-1385

Shrubs That Make Great Privacy Fences

While a wooden fence will give you privacy, it does not compare in beauty to using shrubs or trees to create a wall around your property. There are several varieties which make excellent choices for privacy fences, giving you a living screen between your home and prying eyes. The weather where you live, how tall you want your fence and how quickly you need the shrubs to grow are all factors in determining which shrub will work best for your privacy fence.

Traditional Hedges

One of the most popular types of natural privacy fences is the traditional hedge made from dense shrubs such as boxwood.  Hedge and shrub trimming can create any size and shape privacy hedge you desire once they are mature. Varieties like the hybrid yew can grow up to 40 feet tall, so they are perfect for building a wall between your home and the rest of the world.

Flowering Trees

Some of the smaller flowering trees can be beautiful and functional when grown as a privacy fence. The traditional lilac bush is a perfect, full tree which provides privacy, as well as gorgeous flowers every year with that distinct, sweet smell. Other options include the flowing quince or oleander, which both do well in mild climates. Oleander may not be an ideal choice for all properties, however, as some varieties are highly poisonous.

Tall Trees

One of the most popular choices for creating privacy is the use of tall trees. The American arborvitae is a perfect example, growing 10-15 feet tall with thick, needle covered branches. Typically these trees can be grown as close as three feet apart, making a great screen as they mature.

If you are not sure which shrubs or trees would do best in your soil or region, talk to your local landscaping service. They can help you choose and plant the best shrubs for your new privacy fence, as well as advising you about any plants which may pose a poisoning risk to children and pets near your property.

Posted on behalf of Dusty Edinger, Tommy Gun Lawn Care

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Using Shrubs As Privacy Fences

Having a perfect line of shrubs or hedges can make an excellent privacy fence for your yard. It has a natural appeal that is aesthetic and a functional aspect of blocking prying eyes from your yard. Creating a privacy fence using bushes, shrubs or hedges is not something that happens overnight but is an ongoing project. However, once you have created the affect, it is beautiful to behold.

There are several things to consider when choosing the shrubs that you will use for your privacy fence. You must first determine which shrubs grow best in the climate where you live. Although you may love the look of a Dense Yew, which can make an excellent formal hedge, it does not grow well everywhere. Also, different types of shrubs grow at different rate, making a large difference in the amount of maintenance they will require.

–          Slow-medium growing shrubs. For those willing to wait for their privacy fence, slow or medium-growing varieties are an excellent option. While it may take a few years to get the look you desire, you will not have as much maintenance with a slower growing shrub.

–          Fast growing shrubs. If you are looking to create your privacy fence at a quicker rate, many deciduous varieties will grow fast. However, you will trade a fast rate for more maintenance in pruning and clipping chores.

Shrub fences are a wonderful addition to a yard and can create fantastic curb appeal for your home. However, a knowledge of which shrubs work best, their root structure and the maintenance required should be investigated before embarking on this project. Getting the help and expertise of a professional landscaper may be prudent.

Bugambilia

The Bugambilia has been called a climbing bush, a shrub, or a vine.   It is a flowering plant that can bloom all year in sub-tropical warm semi-dry environments.  It has been seen covering fences, walls, and roofs or just standing on its own to be enjoyed.  It produces beautifully vibrant colored flowers of fuchsia, pink, purple, white, red and more that are a vision to behold.

The Bugambilia plant is native to Brazil but fares well in the southern half of Florida, the southern tip of Texas, California and Hawaii.  Some gardeners have even had success in South Carolina and Georgia with this easy to grow evergreen.  Winter nights below 20 degrees may cause your Bugambilia to wilt and loose its leaves and flowers. If this happens, cover your plant and do not prune until the last frost.

The Bugambilia fares best when it is planted in a place with full sun exposure with moist well drained soil.  The less sun exposure, the less this plant will bloom.  The flowers of the Bugambilia are made up of a rich colorful paper-like leaves that protects a small white flower in the center of the leaves.

Besides beauty, versatility is another attraction gardeners have to this gorgeous plant.  You can plant your Bugambilia in a container or in the ground.  It can grow as a vine on a trellis; you can shape it in a tree form, or use it as a hedge.  The spines on the Bugambilia are long and sharp, so care is needed when picking a place for your plant as well as pruning, shaping and  doing away with cuttings.

Ficus Hedge

Many homeowners turn to the Ficus as the first option to fulfill their needs for a privacy hedge.  The reasons are simple.  The Ficus is relatively inexpensive and it grows very fast.

Unfortunately, the same reasons the homeowners like the Ficus are the same reasons they “grow” to dislike this “hedge”.   First of all, the Ficus is a “tree” not a hedge.  This quick growing easy to care for “tree” grows like a tree with roots and a trunk like a tree and tall like a tree.  You may trim it like a hedge, but the root structure is strong and invasive which makes it hard to grow any other plants at its base.  The aggressive root system can also cause damage to foundations, sidewalks, driveways, and pavers.

Second, the inexpensive aspect of this so called “hedge” will get thrown to the wayside once the homeowner realizes how expensive and time consuming it is to maintain.  It is true that this plant can be shaped and pruned into many different looks but since it is so fast growing, it needs constant upkeep.  If your plant gets out of control, you will pay dearly to have it brought back to size and even more to have it removed.

Make your investment up front!  Do research on what native hedge plants work in your area.  Put the money into your landscape up front and invest in a plant that grows naturally as a hedge, not as a tree.  This will save your time, energy and money in the long run as well as enhancing the quality of your landscape.