Proper Pruning for Healthy Trees and Shrubs


tree and ornamental care

Best time to Prune Shrubs in New Jersey

Horizon Landscape has enhancement crews in Bergen County, NJ dedicated to the service of shrub pruning, and many of our landscape maintenance foreman have been with us 20 years or more.  They know their stuff.  We do pruning during the months of July and August, the best time to prune shrubs in Northern New Jersey.  By this time new springtime growth has hardened into new wood. Therefore, can be cut and shaped without causing damage to the plant.

Reasons to Prune Shrubs and Trees

According to the State of New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection reasons to prune include:

  • Safety, removal of dead wood or weak branches
  • Health, to remove diseased or insect infested limbs
  • Structure, to improve or correct structural defects
  • Repair damage caused by storms
  • Training young trees
  • Promote flower and fruit

During pruning, any dead and diseased branches are removed. This keeps them from rotting or spreading disease to the rest of the shrub, improving the plant’s overall health.  Flowering shrubs are pruned at the time that is optimum for encouraging new buds for the followinshrub Pruningg season.  Proper pruning enhances the beauty of almost any landscape tree and shrub, while improper pruning can ruin or greatly reduce its landscape potential.

Trees are killed or damaged each year from improper pruning than by pests. But because pruning can stimulate new growth, it’s best not to prune too early in the fall. New growth might not harden off before winter. Before any pruning is done on your property, our Maintenance Manager will take the time to meet with you and instruct the crews accordingly so that your landscape investment is protected. You’ll be able to discuss what you’d like to accomplish through proper tree and shrub pruning. We also make recommendations to improve the health, beauty and safety of your property’s plant life.

You invest so much of yourself – your time, your money, your energy – into making your home a place to get away from the world. Let Horizon Landscape take the stress out of caring for your shrubs and trees.  We won’t be “going out on a limb” when we say that you will be satisfied with the results.