Pruning is a horticultural practice that alters the form and growth of a plant. Based on aesthetics and science, pruning can also be considered preventive maintenance. Many problems may be prevented by pruning correctly during the formative years of a tree or shrub.


Reasons for pruning:

  • to promote plant health
  • to maintain plants’ intended purposes in a landscape
  • to improve plant appearance
  • to protect people and property

When to Prune

When to prune can depend on the individual tree, shrub or plant, but generally, the late dormant season is the best time for pruning.

Pruning in late winter, just before spring growth starts is known as dormant pruning.  It leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short length of time before new growth begins the wound sealing process. Another advantage of dormant pruning is that it’s easier to make pruning decisions without leaves obscuring plant branch structure.

Pruning at the proper time can help prevent certain diseases and other problems. The landscaping professionals at nature’s Image take care to follow best practices for pruning trees and shrubs. This includes:

  • Using the proper pruning tools and cleaning tools between pruning jobs
  • Avoiding “tree topping”
  • Using correct pruning cuts

To discuss or schedule a quote for our pruning services, call us today at 410-477-5320, or contact us.