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Shrub & Tree Pruning

The care and maintenance of your shrubs and trees play a very important role in keeping the health, value, and beauty of your landscape. Many homeowners don’t understand how pruning can make their trees and shrubs healthy, but pruning does actually help.

Are your shrubs looking bushy and overgrown? Are your tree branches diseased, infested or interfering with healthy growth? If so, then it’s time to seek the help of Perfect Leaf Management to help restore the beauty of your landscape.

Perfect Leaf Management is licensed in ornamental, turf, and pest control. We have a team of experts trained to maintain your shrubs and trees in order to give your landscape that well-groomed look. We offer professional service because shrub and tree pruning require the ability of an expert in order to accommodate the plant’s physiological needs and still be able to deliver an appealing effect.

Trimming and pruning your shrubs and trees, coupled with insect and disease control are the two items that top the list of tree and shrub maintenance. Proper timing of pruning is also critical. It will not just provide a return on investment by enhancing your curb appeal but also will expand the life of your plants.

If you desire for your tree to have a particular shape or to grow in a particular direction, a good expert trimming will get it done. Here are three reasons why every homeowner should consider professional pruning.

  • To affect fruit or flower production
  • To change the look and shape of your plant
  • To promote plant health


A typical tree pruning cycle is three to five years, but size, type, and health play a significant role in determining the cycle that will work best for your trees.

The best time for shrub and tree pruning is anytime between late fall and early spring. The least desirable time to prune a landscape plant is during the summer which is the time of new growth and development. Pruning when new growth has occurred can stunt the plant’s bloom abilities for the year.

Late fall and early spring are considered the best time for pruning because, in the fall and winter, trees enter a dormant phase, this implies that their growth at this point is halted. A harder ground caused by winter gives the pruning experts easy access to the tree and the sparse canopy makes branches very easy to spot problems and prune and trim properly.


Shrubs of course are natural living things and so the methods used need to take into consideration the effects of pruning.  There are certain standards we may use in a general way when it comes to pruning. However, the situation or condition of some shrubs may require a different or special method to handle it. There are several ways we can conduct pruning which include:

    On some occasions, we may suggest dormant pruning for some shrubs and trees. It is important to note that dormant pruning in February and March is perceived to offer the best results. The objective of this Method of Pruning is to improve the flower for the upcoming year.
    This kind of pruning is considered the most Severe Pruning. This involves cutting the whole shrub down to ground level, sparing only a stub about two inches above the soil or on some occasions we may leave behind a few stems and suckers. The essence of this process is to allow the shrub to rapidly produce new growth in the coming year.
    Typical moderate pruning involves removing up to fifty percent of major canes or selective elimination of the branches in order to reduce the size or change the form of a shrub. Plants that respond to rejuvenation pruning also respond to moderate pruning.
    This method of pruning is regarded as High Maintenance Pruning because it produces straight lines or neatly rounded lines. It is important to maintain the top narrower than the bottom when pruning a shrub in a formal way. When this is done the shrub usually looks like A shape or U shape turned upside down. A disadvantage of formal pruning is that it may promote diseases and insect invasion.
    Light pruning is a method that involves selective thinning out or trimming in order to maintain the specified form or intended shape of the shrub. This method is primarily used for aesthetic purposes. Its secondary purpose can be to eliminate the infestation of insects or Diseases on a Shrub.


Pruning trees is an important maintenance practice incorporated into every homeowner’s landscape care. There are basically two goals every homeowner aims to achieve when considering tree pruning or trimming. These include;

Hazard Reduction Tree Pruning addresses a specific danger that is caused by visible safety problems in your tree, for instance; low hanging branches over sidewalks. narrow angled branches that overhang your home would be eliminated. Tree branches that obscure the entry of your home or property are advised to be removed for security reasons.

Maintenance Tree Pruning improves the health and structure of a tree. In this aspect, special care is taken in order to improve the appearance, shape, and overall health of your tree. Without pruning, many trees can be victims of diseases and are likely to suffer overcrowding. Pruning out the dead branches or shoots from trees increases the possibility of halting the progress of most diseases that can kill the whole tree.

Lack of basic knowledge about pruning shrubs and trees. can risk your shrubs and trees dying or worsen the problem. That’s why it’s always advisable for homeowners to hire the help of professionals like Perfect Leaf Management in order to give the desired effect.

Perfect Leaf Management is a great option for property owners who need Pruning Services. We make shrub and tree care available to all homeowners and also offer the services of our Agricultural Certified and Licensed Experts in ornamental, turf, and pest maintenance. Our professional team has the experience to care for your shrubs and trees, taking into consideration the species of your plant and your landscape environment. This means that with Perfect Leaf Management you can be sure your shrubs and trees will remain healthy and beautiful for many years to come.

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