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Fall 2014 Landscape Matters - North

The Davey Tree Expert Company provides residential and commercial tree service and landscape service throughout North America. Read our Flipbooks for helpful tips and information on proper tree and lawn care.

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DO Prune Overgrown Shrubs and Hedges If shrubs are blocking a window or parking space, or are encroaching into an air conditioning unit, it's definitely time to prune them back. The ideal is to get shrubs back to what we call "manageable size"— attractive and in scale with your building or property. DO Prune When Plants Go Dormant Prune when plants can tolerate the cut. Typically, that's when they're not actively growing and are dormant. DO Know Which Plants Tolerate Hard Pruning Not all plants tolerate hard pruning. Most deciduous plants do; most evergreens don't. Always consult your Davey representative before authorizing any pruning. DO Ask About Pruning Your Davey Account Representative is specially trained in knowing when, how and why to prune. Depending on where you're located, that may mean one, two or three prunings a year, split between the hot and cold seasons. DON'T Wait Until Spring It's too hard on plants, too costly, too time consuming and potentially hazardous to do one giant pruning instead of regular, planned prunings. Like a haircut, taking a little off the top or sides now and then keeps plants looking good year-round. DON'T Panic at the First Hard Prune Although a hard prune can look a little drastic, like the shrub is damaged, plants do rebound in the spring. DON'T Prune Ornamental Trees Flowering ornamental trees rarely need a hard pruning—unless the tree is scraping against a window or blocking a walkway. Unlike shade trees, which have a very long lifespan, ornamentals live about15 to 20 years and simply don't require the rejuvenation and renewal that pruning provides. TO PRUNE OR NOT TO PRUNE? While it's tempting to drastically cut back every overgrown tree and shrub come fall, pruning plants requires a bit more timing and finesse. ISA-certified arborist and Davey Technical Adviser Shawn Fitzgerald tells how to strike the right balance between pruning too much–and not enough. DON'T DO

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