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Shrub & Bush Trimming & Pruning


Professional shrub and bush trimming and pruning services ensure proper timing and technique for your landscaping. Services available in Alton, Godfrey, Edwardsville, IL, and all surrounding areas.

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Landscape trimming services in Alton, Godfrey, Edwardsville, IL and surrounding areas.

As part of your landscaping maintenance, Element Turf & Outdoor Solutions, LLC offers trimming and pruning of your small trees, bushes, shrubs, and hedges. Trimming and pruning tend to get forgotten or not done regularly enough and your plants suffer because of this. Our professionals offer the best services in the Alton, Godfrey, and Edwardsville, IL area when it comes to trimming and pruning your property's greenery. Trimming and pruning are often confused but are both very different and extremely important to the growth of your plants. Continue reading to learn the differences between trimming and pruning.

Employee trimming a hedge in Alton, IL.

Trimming Bushes & Shrubs For Aesthetics

Trimming is essentially for aesthetic purposes. Trimming has to do with tidying up your hedges or small shrubs by getting rid of overgrown branches. To maintain proper care and appearance of plants, you should have trimming services done at least two times per year, at a minimum. Constant trimming prevents overgrowth from occurring and promotes healthy growth of your plants.

Pruning Your Plants For Health

Pruning, unlike trimming, focuses solely on the healthy growth of your shrubs, bushes, trees, etc. By keeping your trees and bushes properly pruned, you promote healthy growth of any flowers or fruit that it may produce. Pruning removes dead or diseased branches only, allowing them to re-grow and stop the spread of disease. Many times after pruning, your plants may have bare spots where the dead/diseased branches have been removed.

Pruning a bush at home in Godfrey, IL.

Trimming and pruning are more than just cutting.

Professional landscapers know what to look for when it comes to trimming and pruning, and what not to do when it comes to promoting the health of your plant life.

  • Young or new trees cannot be pruned because they need excess leaves to produce food to promote healthy root growth.
  • It is important to cut sagging limbs, branches that form acute angles to the trunk, or limbs that compete with a tree's central limb leader when it comes to smaller trees.
  • Certain plants should only be trimmed or pruned at certain times of the year.

When should your flowering shrubs be trimmed or pruned?

We follow a standard pattern when it comes to providing shrub maintenance. In Alton, IL, timing is critical. Shrubs that bloom in early spring actually started producing their buds during the summer and fall of the previous year. As a rule of thumb, shrubs that flower should be trimmed before June 15th, right after flowering has finished. Examples of shrubs that should be trimmed at the beginning of summer, after blooming, are the Lilac, Weigela, Mock Orange, and the Yellow/Red Dogwood just to name a few. Shrubs that bloom after mid-June should be pruned in the early spring, as early as February and into March.

Professionally trimmed bushes at a home in Edwardsville, IL.The process of trimming and pruning your plants.

It is common for both pruning and trimming to be done at the same time. First, we prune limbs that have any obvious damage, disease, or decay on your shrubs and trees. This will reduce the risk of spreading disease and discourage the infestation of insects. Second, we evaluate each plant to determine the amount of trimming that needs to be accomplished. Using shears and other trimming essentials, we trim your plant to the perfect length. When trimming, our landscapers strive for both a healthy and uniform look for your landscaping.

The benefits of trimming and pruning.

While homeowners can certainly do their own trimmings and prunings, there are major benefits that come with skilled and professional landscapers. The purpose of trimming your plants is to help them grow thicker and healthier than the time before. Professional landscapers know exactly what to look for, when to trim, and how often your trees and bushes need to be trimmed. In addition, there are other benefits that come along with routine trimmings such as:

  • Improved curb appeal
  • Prevention of overgrowth
  • Reduce disease and insect population
  • More direct sunlight on your greenery

Schedule your landscape maintenance services today.

Ready to get your landscaping trimmed up? If you're located in Alton, IL, or a surrounding area such as Godfrey or Edwardsville, call us today at (618) 467-7047 to get a free estimate!

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