The Essentials Of Trimming Hedges
For each plant, ask yourself whether or not the plant flowers. Some flowering plants will look better if they are pruned before flowering, while others will look better if they naturally flower and then are trimmed.
For example, crape myrtle, mimosa, gardenia, beautyberry and nandina are all flowering shrubs and trees that can be trimmed before the new growth starts. On the other hand, dogwoods, azaleas, Bradford pear and clematis should only be trimmed once they have completed flowering.
When pruning, always remove the diseased or dead limbs first. Then, remove any branches that are crossing and rubbing together. Furthermore, remove the branches that are growing towards the middle of the plant or tree. These branches will later become crossing branches.
Once all of the pruning has been completed, the debris will need to be cleaned up and taken away. Summit Turf’s tip is to place tarps around the pruning area before trimming hedges begins. The fallen branches, leaves and debris will collect in the tarps. They can then be dragged to the dumping site and discarded.