Mastering the Art of Pruning Shrubs

Pruning shrubs is a fundamental practice in gardening that promotes healthy growth, enhances the aesthetic appeal of your landscape, and ensures the longevity of the plants on your property. By trimming away overgrown or damaged branches when necessary, you can rejuvenate your shrubs and encourage the development of new, vibrant foliage. Pruning can be a daunting operation for many gardeners, but it doesn’t have to be. Below are some useful tips and guidelines to keep in mind as you look to tame unruly shrubs. So grab your pruners and let’s get started.

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Chapel Valley Receives Five National Awards

Chapel Valley Landscape was the recipient of five national awards at the Excellence in Landscape Awards Program held in Gaithersburg, MD in November 2011. The awards were presented by LCA, the Landscape Contractors Association, a community of landscape contractors, landscape architects and designers, grounds departments, educational institutions, and suppliers banded together in a supportive environment in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. Read more »

Pruning In the Landscape

Pruning is important for plant health. It removes dead and diseased branches, crossing branches, allows you to maintain the desired size of the plant, and promotes and increases flowering.

There are general rules that you should follow when you prune your landscape plants. Summer flowering shrubs should be pruned before new growth in the spring, typically in early spring or late winter, and spring flowering shrubs should be pruned after flowering. Read more »

Spring Clean Up

A spring clean up should be done every year in order to keep your landscape looking fresh. “The clean up should include removing leaves and debris, edging beds, fertilizing plants, applying pre-emergent herbicides, pruning, and removal of old mulch if it is piled over 2” high.” Anne Lieb, Property Manager, Chapel Valley Landscape Company.

A clean up allows you to spruce up your landscape before the growing season and cutback ornamental grasses to rejuvenate them for new growth. Edging will define your landscape beds, help to keep grass out, and hold mulch in place. Read more »