Skilled pruning is a
critical part of maintaining any fine
garden. Trees, shrubs, vines, and roses
all require knowledgeable pruning-- It is important to recognize each
know when and how to prune it aesthetically.
You have an investment
in your core garden plants—when they
are beautifully pruned, their natural shapes are encouraged,
highlighted. Proper pruning
strong shoots and growth, healthy foliage, and abundant bloom.
I prune trees up to 20’ high. For larger trees, I enthusiastically recommend using the services of Brende and Lamb (http://www.brendelamb.com). Over the years, I have been able to enjoy the beautiful trees they work on and they do so without damaging or impacting the rest of the garden. They are master pruners and I have yet to hear of anything other than satisfied clients.
Many vines are vigorous growers, and can get huge and, once established, grow out of control quicker than you expect. Improperly pruned vines accumulate a thick tangle of dead leaves and twigs, which get trapped inside an outer layer of live growth.
Wisteria, especially important as it is so long lived, needs thoughtful pruning to train it to a graceful core shape. Pruning back vines at the right time, thinning and reducing old growth so that new growth can support maximum blooms, and helps vines look gorgeous and under control.
Roses, as demanding as they are, remain one of my favorites. What else comes close to the outrageous excess of velvet, silk, and scent (besides perhaps peonies which don’t grow well in our mild climate)? Shrub roses, hybrid teas, florabundas, hybrid musks, Austins, climbers--all need regular pruning so their form and blossoms can be optimally enjoyed, as well as harder pruning back in the winter. Old roses that haven’t been regularly pruned need special attention and pruning as well.
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