Home Services & Security:
- House checks
- Snow and ice management begin
Pruning, Shearing, Tree Removal:
- Dormant pruning begins
Countryside Landscape & Design LLC
677 Simonds Road
Williamstown, MA 01267
Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Proper pruning will improve the health of your trees and shrubs, and aid in improving structure and long term health.
The 4 basic methods of tree pruning:
Know when to prune! Spring flowering shrubs should be pruned immediately after blooming. Shrubs that bloom in summer and fall, and shrubs grown primarily for their foliage can be pruned in early spring, before growth starts.
Dormant (winter) pruning relies on the same principles of maintenance pruning except that the plant is pruned while dormant to reduce stress to the plant, reduces loss of sap and infection from plant pathogens. This seasonal pruning is often more aggressive, with larger cuts to create more vigorous growth in the spring, leading to a healthier shrub or tree.
Recommended time for Dormant Pruning occurs from late November through mid-March.
Shearing shrubs helps to contain their growth, giving a particular form and to maintain overall health. It involves removing the shrubs’ new growth. Shearing gives a formal, tailored shape, and is a good technique to employ for hedges used for privacy purposes.
Trees have the ability to grow in such a manner that their physical structure can no longer support their own weight. This is particularly common in mature multi-trunked trees and trees with open canopies.
Multi-trunk trees are subject to failure, due to each trunk competing for canopy space, the limbs and foliage grow away from the center of the collective trunks, placing the weight load on one side of each trunk. Failure of any single trunk can create a wound at the base that heals slowly, creating a site for insects and diseases.
Structural failure of a tree can result in property damage, personal injury, or the decline of a tree’s health. Cables and bracing rods are tools arborists use to protect or improve the structural integrity of trees. The installation of cables and bracing rods, along with pruning to reduce weight can reduce the risk of structural failure.
In most cases, the decision of tree removal is as a last resort, when circumstances show it is necessary. Our arborists can help you decide if a tree should be removed and our professional crews have the skills and equipment to safely and efficiently remove trees.
Removal is recommended when the tree:
Once a tree has been cut to ground level, the remaining stump can be removed by grinding. The stump is first ground into small pieces. After the stump is ground to about 6 inches below ground level, the area is covered by loam and seeded. Stump grinding is a more economical and time saving option and compared to stump pulling, which most likely will require an excavator to pull the stump. This leaves a large diameter hole that will then need to be filled with a fair amount of loam and then seeded.
Shrub protection from shedding show and ice. Countryside Landscape & Design can custom build these shelters to suit your needs.