Let us help keep your shrubs and hedges looking great. Keeping growth in check so that they grow strong and full.
Index Links to Topics on this Page
- Trimming Evergreens
- Planting Shrubs
- Shrub and Roots Removal
- Small Tree Planting
- Our On The Job Safety
- Our Job Rates
Best Time to Trim
Knowing the best time to trim is important, but if your shrubs and hedges are overgrown and have not been trimmed in years, then anytime is good (within reason). The sooner you can get an overgrown shrub contained, the sooner you can start trimming it at a more ideal time. We take pride in our hedge and shrub care and will help guide you in trimming all your shrubs and will tend to the tedious clean up.
Trimming an English Garden
Another way we help our customers is to begin from one side of their ‘English Garden‘ as it is sometimes called and move all the way around trimming, pruning all the shrubs and perennials in your garden as well as cleaning up all the mess.
It might be a good time for us to plant a new shrub or remove another less desirable overgrown shrub for you.
Many winters can be hard on shrubs and they may need to have many of the dead branches trimmed back in order to look good.
Spring Flowering Shrubs
If you have a spring flowering shrub, tree or bush such as a lilac bush, call us to come by and have it trimmed within a month after the flowers have finished blooming. It must not be done too late because the new buds will have started to grow in for the following season.
Rule of thumb is that they must be trimmed within a month of the flowers dying. This is the same for any spring flowering shrub, and is usually the main reason people discover that flowers are not showing up as they have. They were trimmed too late in the season.
There is a relatively small window to trim evergreens, but I feel you may as well wait until they have completed their new spring growth. Usually by May they really have not added much growth, but by the end of June you should be good to trim them. When hedges and shrubs have become too overgrown because of not being trimmed in a few seasons, you might be best to trim these overgrown hedges and shrubs early in the season. This will allow the bare areas to grow back in during the robust spring growth period. However it still usually takes a few seasons to get many shrubs and hedges to fill back in after they have been cut way back to the wood. Yews will come back nicely, cedars take a little more time and if they have been allowed to get too out of hand certain areas may never green up with foliage.
Trimming Privas Hedges
Privas are such a popular hedge. Some can be 60 years old or more and still look great if they have been trimmed properly each year.
Most Privas need trimming twice a season if they are in a good growing environment. (Getting lots of rain and sun). Privas usually fill in very quickly so do not be concerned if you would like to trim them back heavily to fit in with your yard plans.
If you have been cutting them regularly then you do not want to be trimming them in any summer heat waves as this may damage them. Thirdly, if cut too late in the fall you jeopardize damaging the new growth should they be hit with an early frost, this frost will freeze the new tender growth and result in having the entire evergreen to be covered with dead brown edges the following spring. Trimming them earlier allows any new tender growth from an evergreen to develop for a month or two and it will then be hardy enough to with stand the frost.
Our Experience and a Good Attitude
There are a few basic rules and tricks that help someone be familiar and comfortable trimming shrubs and hedges and add that to the fact that we are comfortable cutting back most shrubs and hedges as we have had the experience to have seen the results of our trimming over the years. It has always been a great interest to me to see how shrubs have grown back in over the years.
Planting Shrubs Properly
Having a beautiful garden takes time, a few years or so, however I have seen much too often thousands of dollars spent on landscaping with plants and perennials put inches away from each other. It may look good initially when the big bill is being presented but these beautiful shrubs and perennials were meant to grow! Now to be fair to the landscape construction companies it is not only them that do this but I have seen many homeowners do this over the years as well. The shrubs usually have details and guidelines as to how big each will grow and this should be considered. My rule of thumb is that all shrubs need at least 4 to 5 feet between each one. A Weigelia shrub I recently purchased has a recommended spacing of 5 feet on the info tag. I will explain further. Each shrub will probably be trimmed at about 3 to 5 feet high depending on the look you want. So if this is the height they will need to be keep trimmed at least 2.5 to 3 feet wide with approx 1 foot between each shrub. (To maintain this they will need to be trimmed annually) As an example to grow 3 shrubs to maturity in a few years they need approx 14 feet if they will be grown beside each other.
Shrubs Planted Too Close Together
22 Yews were only planted 1 ft. apart & 1 ft from house.
This image shows these Yews planted too close together and dangerously close to the house, (when using a gas hedge trimmer on them in the future) and are also under the roof overhang limiting their rain water. Being so close to the house will also keep the soil extra dry with the warmth of the basement walls evaporating any moisture in the soil. How will they ever flourish? So when planting any shrubs, trees or perennials remember your kids grew, your dog grew and your shrubs, trees and perennials will eventually grow as well. When buying or planting any type of tree or shrub consciously think about what it will look like in 5 years, then 10 years and beyond. This is the one major mistake I see many expensive landscaping projects never taking into full consideration.
Another common mistake people make is in planting cedars in the wrong environment. Cedars need sunlight and their fair share of rain to grow. That is why they grow so well near the beach. The trees will not grow as well in any area of your yard that does not get enough sunlight.
They also need room to grow. If you are buying $8. black cedars up north somewhere, you can get away with planting them 1 foot apart or so. However if you are buying a pyramid cedar please realize these trees will be growing up to 5 feet wide or more in a few years and they will look so nice at that point.
This image is showing some pyramid cedars that were planted with better spacing than most and they will continue to look great. Too many times they are all squished together. A group of Pyramid cedars look so great when there are 10 feet high+ and just barely touching each other at the base.
Plant a Yew
Yews are a nice tree and do not require a lot of sunlight or moisture, however they will grow a little slower. Yews can be shaped differently and I have heard of some a hundred years old. When allowed to grow large they also have a very attractive bark on any exposed limbs.
You will pay a little more for Yews than Cedars but that is because of them being a slowing growing shrub.
Shrub and Roots Removal
We can help remove almost any shrub and their root ball. Over the years we have removed almost every type of shrub from difficult Yews to equally difficult Weigelas. We have proper sharpened tools and can accomplish this task safety in a reasonable amount of time and can ensure all is disposed of.
See if you live in our service area and to contact us.
Small Tree Planting
We can deliver and plant most any tree under 12 feet. Safety digging a proper hole and recommending a place that your tree will flourish and look good where it has been planted in 15 years time. That is the key to having a great looking tree, how will it look in 10 or 15 years and will it be a positive addition to your yard or a hindrance, becasue they will grow! Take a look around your neighborhood to see what other trees look like. We also like to remove the burlap wrapping and wires. May as well give the roots the best chance to grow well.
Trimming Maple and Birch Trees in Spring
Thinking of trimming a birch tree or maple tree of a few branches in the early spring, best wait until they leaf or you will have the sap dripping all over your lawn for weeks. Or get out a pot and make some maple syrup!
On The Job Safety
We have experience trimming most all shrubs and will get thru the job quickly and safely. The safety aspect is very important and we work to avoid injury all the time. We also pay handsomely to have our own own insurance, both business and worker.
Our Tools & Equipment
Our tools and equipment are commercial grade and maintained for optimum cutting and pruning. We do a nice thorough job of cleaning the mess and will get thru the entire job in no time. A nice looking hedge and shrub trimming job that might take most homeowners a few days we can get done in a few hours or so.
Our cedar hedge and shrub trimming rates are very reasonable when you consider the time you will be saving, equipment you will not need to purchase, and possibly avoid injury. We also offer an hourly rate and a rough idea of the time your work may take or if you are more comfortable we can quote you a price. I always try to make sure we are both winning and there are no losers. Did I mention that we will clean up the mess of our hedge and shrub trimming. When we have fully completed the work you can pay our invoice by cheque on that day or by email bank transfer if you wish.