Scott Carlson, one of the Schneider Tree Care Arborists in Greenville, South Carolina, has been hearing a lot of statements like, “My place looks like a jungle!” The truth is, with all the rainy weather we’ve had, new growth on your trees and shrubs can leave the property looking a little overgrown. What are some things you can do to make sure your plants stay healthy, manicured, and looking nice?
Prune them by hand
One option we would suggest is hand pruning. Hand pruning is sometimes confused with shearing, though they are very different. Hand pruning can take more time but is generally more effective. Often with shearing, you’ll find dead or bare twigs on the inside of the plant and new growth only on the top. With hand pruning, our goal is to open up the plant, creating more airflow and free movement in between the branches. By creating pockets in a shrub, for example, more sunlight can move inward so that the interior will produce new growth as well. This will help “food factories” develop all throughout the plant to keep it healthy.
Regulate their growth
Growth regulators are another option for controlling the growth of your trees and shrubs. After pruning your plant to the shape and size you like, you can apply growth regulator to the soil; this will redirect growth from the canopy into the root system, keeping a flow of nutrition into the plant that will promote health while keeping it contained and orderly.
Our goal each day is simple: help you keep the trees and shrubs that you love healthy and thriving, which will keep your property looking beautiful! Our tree service team of arborists and technicians can assist you in whatever vision you have for your plants. Give us a call today to schedule a consultation or to learn about our shrub and tree care programs!