Although it may appear to be a simple task, proper pruning requires knowledge of a plant’s natural characteristics, skill, an eye for balance and the correct implements. [A dull set of pruners makes cuts that are far more difficult for the plant to heal.]
When you have Miller Landscape prune your plant material, you can trust that it will be done at an optimal time of year, by trained staff who will groom your landscape with care and precision.
Different plants should be pruned at different times of the year. For example, plants grown mainly for their colorful foliage such as burning bush and barberry should be pruned in early spring before new growth emerges while early flowering plants, such as lilac and cherry trees, should be pruned after they finish flowering. Crab apple trees should be pruned in late winter to reduce risk of infection and disease.
Most spruce and fir trees can be pruned in late winter. Pine trees, such as our state tree the white pine, should be pruned after new growth has emerged. You should only prune new growth back about two-thirds of the way. Pine tree limbs will stop growing outward if you trim the "growing tip" off of the branches.
The necessity for pruning is greatly reduced when the plants are properly chosen for their location in the landscape. Our horticultural specialists have years of experience with plant placement and growing characteristics. We can determine the best pruning options for your plants and make recommendations to remove and relocate plants if needed.