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by: Blue Marble
January 20, 2017

When it comes to shrub care, there are several options you can choose for a trim style. Most of the methods used today, while aesthetically pleasing, are not beneficial for the health of the plants and cost your community extra money.

The most commonly used method today is shearing. This method, while popular, is not good for your plants. Heavy shearing is not recommended for the following reasons:

  • Stunts or prevents growth of plants
  • Adds stress to the plants
  • Increases water usage
  • Prevents mature leaf development
  • Reduces the blooms on the plants
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Renovation pruning also known as “cutbacks” is a process of removing at least a third of the plant material at once. Typically, plants are cut back to about 18” and look like sticks for a short period of time. This method of pruning is endorsed by the Arizona Landscape Contractors Association through their Sustainable Landscape Management guidelines. At BML, we train our crews to use the Sustainable Landscape Management guidelines and practices when pruning shrubs. If you want healthy plant material that is full of color this method of pruning is essential for Cooley Station North. The benefits include:

  • Healthier plant material
  • More frequent and abundant blooms
  • Less water usage
  • Increased development of mature leaves
  • Reduction in plant waste
  • Natural plant growth
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The photos speak for themselves. When your plant material is maintained properly your property will be full of lush green plants that produce profuse color when they bloom. Heavy pruning is expensive, not good for the overall health of the plant, and takes away from the natural beauty of your community.

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