Make Space for New Growth

March is here and it’s a great time for spring cleaning both inside and outside.  Before the onset of the growing season, take stock of your landscape and look at the bigger picture.  Walk around the yard and look at each tree and shrub. Which ones have grown out of scale? Notice if there are any plants touching the house, blocking windows or encroaching on walkways.  If so, decide whether each plant will be pruned, removed or replaced with a different plant. Many trees and shrubs prefer to be pruned in cooler weather and it can be easier to see the branching structure of woody plants while the branches are still bare. Thoughtful pruning helps give shape and balance to trees and shrubs and can improve their health and overall performance. Removing unsightly and overgrown plants creates space for existing plants and new plantings to grow and thrive.

Blythe Yost