Pruning is an essential gardening skill. When you prune correctly, you encourage healthy growth and flowering (in the case of flowering plants), as well as good looks. For most shrubs and trees, it helps to prune at the right time. Some are best pruned in winter; some right after flowering.

Efficiency and aesthetics are a major consideration for Mountain Advantage when we schedule your pruning. As stated, trees and shrubs require different timing for pruning based on their individual characteristics. We strive to enhance the the beauty of each plant for the longest period possible during the year. If required, we can provide multiple pruning visits to your property. Structural pruning, dead-heading, and bed cleanup of perennials normally can happen early spring. Post flower pruning and aesthetic pruning of shrubs for aesthetic appearance normally happens after the growing season, i.e.. late summer. With this pruning schedule, we take advantage of the pruned appearance for 10 of 12 months out of the year, not one month out of the year.

When Mountain Advantage prunes, we take the time to make the proper pruning cuts for each limb. Sheering is sometimes necessary, but doesn’t normally enhance the natural shape and desired appearance of each individual shrub and often encourages more aggressive growth from a shrub or tree. After we have pruned, a trained eye should see the natural shape of the plant or tree maintained, but perhaps the plant is reduced in size. A passer-by would possibly not even noticed that the plants had recently been pruned, but would appreciate the beauty and neatness of your beautifully maintained bed space.