Autumn is the ideal time of year to prune your plants and trees. With proper technique, and perfect timing you can prune and enhance the look and feel of your garden this fall. Of course, if you are not sure of yourself when pruning, call in a landscaping company to do the work for you. Experience and know-how are key to preserving the plants and shrubs and helping them to grow better next year.
Pruning in the Fall:
- Tackle large bushes and trees first. Trim away what looks dead or diseased. Damaged limbs, twigs with no growth need to be cut back to the next closest junction of live wood. If trimming a topiary or something with groomed shape be careful and prune a small amount at a time to preserve shape.
- Cut back summer flowers that are finished blooming, just their flowers. Cutting back the new growth will stunt the number of blooms you have next year, so simply cut back dead stems and leaves. Late summer bloomers should be dead-headed as well.
- Autumn plants should not be cut back or pruned just yet! They turn beautiful colors in the autumn and may have not changed just yet. Leave things like ornamental grasses alone for now.
- Clean Up your trimmings. Some think that leaving the trimmings on the ground help for mulching, this isn’t always true. Pick up your trimmings and get rid of them.
Would you prefer to have someone complete this task for you? That’s OK too! Call DeCarlo Landscaping Contractors and ask about our home maintenance services. We service year-round and pruning is naturally in our fall clean up!