Dormant Pruning - It's the healthy thing to do. (September, 2017)


(847) 395 - 7120

Dormant Pruning - It's the healthy thing to do. (September, 2017)

We have received numerous requests to re-post our Dormant Pruning newsletter from September 2016 so it is included below along with some new items for you as well. Many of our clients have already approved their dormant pruning order for the coming winter.
If you have not yet been in contact with your Account Manager regarding your dormant pruning, please call our office today.
Why your property needs it.
 One of the best times to correct or improve the shape of your plants is during the winter!




Many people feel that once we enter the month of December, our landscape responsibilities get put on the shelf until the following spring. Based on the fact that leaves are shed and plants go dormant, it is believed that there is not much that can be done during the winter months. Although this dormancy period eliminates the need for weekly mowing and trimming, it opens up an opportunity to dramatically improve our landscape plants.




Dormant pruning

 involves selective removal or reduction of branches in our trees and shrubs. Many of our landscape plants are deciduous, which means they drop their leaves in the fall. This not only protects plants from the winter cold, but it allows us the opportunity to view the branch structure of these plants. The ability to see this inner branch structure gives us a perfect opportunity to do some “targeted” pruning. We can now decide exactly which limbs need to be removed or reduced and where to make our cuts. During their dormancy periods, plants are not stressed by this type of pruning and respond bountifully with beautiful new growth in the spring. There are typically two primary types of dormant  pruning: rejuvenation pruning and renewal pruning. 

Rejuvenation is cutting back the entire top of the plant to ground level. Although very dramatic, this type of pruning is essential when the size of the plant has exceeded the desired size or shape. After rejuvenation many new, healthy and vigorous shoots will grow from the base of the plant in the spring. These new shoots will mature and form the new plant structure. Plants that respond well to rejuvenation pruning include spirea, forsythia, privet, cotoneaster, honeysuckle, and some hydrangea varieties. Certain shrubs that regularly suffer from winter die-back of some or all above-ground stems may be safely rejuvenated to produce beautiful new growth. 
Renewal is the removal or thinning of old, overgrown stems or limbs. This is usually done......