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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

A Trio For Your Garden's Health: The 3 Forms Of Professional Landscape Trimming

by Eugene Jones

When it comes to your landscaping, there is no "best time" to trim your shrubs, hedges, and trees. Each specimen has its own timetable for peak pruning. It is possible to have a lawn service out once a year to cut all of your landscape plants back at the same time, but to have the healthiest, most show-stopping flowers and foliage, you'll want to have trees and shrubs trimmed throughout the year

Remember the 3 reasons why you hire a crew to do landscape and tree trimming.

Maintenance trimming.

You might call maintenance trimming a similar action to the bare-bones cleanup that nature does on its own. In the wild, heavy rains wash away debris, high winds blow loose branches free, and wildlife nibbles on foliage to keep it in check.

This is the routine, minimal trimming done on landscape plants that are growing in normal, healthy conditions. As winter comes to an end, you'll want branches of shade trees and evergreens tidied up. In late spring, flowering shrubs will need a cleanup when they're done blooming. Shade trees may only need a few branches lopped off every spring. Deadheading flowers and removing spent foliage are also maintenance tasks.

Shape trimming

In nature, plants grow free, and the most invasive plant wins. To keep your landscaping from returning to lawless conditions, shape trimming is done. Fast-growing shrubs and trees may need to be severely pruned back to allow weaker but much desired plants to thrive as well.

Shape trimming isn't only for look's sake but is also done to protect property, especially if limbs are growing close to power lines, windows, or driveways. It's done to maintain a view or to keep foliage from growing over swimming pools or flower beds. Shaped hedges may need extensive maintenance trims twice a year to keep their sharp edges.

Fruit trees need to be pruned every year to grow the healthiest fruit. Some conifers have to be sheared once every year or so to keep their conical shape.

Restorative Trimming

If insects or disease strike a tree or shrub, the plant may be saved if it is severely cut back. Some landscape specimens that have suffered storm damage from high winds or tree limbs falling on them can also be rejuvenated.

A professional tree trimmer is the best person to advise you on the steps to take to try to save dying landscape plants. They will know how to best feed and water a tree or shrub that's being restored so that it bounces back faster.

While you may want to have maintenance trimming done once each season and shape trimming done once or twice each year, restorative tree trimming will only be necessary when you have a tree emergency.