pruning techniques

By: Wild Rose Garden & Tree Service  09-12-2011
Keywords: Pruning

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A perfectly trimmed cotoneaster hedge can be a great addition to an ornamental landscape in Alberta. Over the years, however, many hedges become overgrown, too big to manage, or infested with insect or disease problems. When this occurs, it may be time for a drastic renovation to ground level. In recent years, scale insects have [..]

 Unsightly cedars are a pretty common sight this spring, thanks to many snowfalls throughout the winter. But don’t despair, because they can be repaired.   The example below is in south Edmonton. The snow loaded down the branches on this tree so much that the owners had a hard time getting in and out of [..]

Trees are best pruned for structure when young, as early as a season after planting.  By the time I am normally called to a property to assess the trees for health and safety, the trees are either mature, or very nearly so.  As a result, drastic steps to improve the structure of the tree are [..]

Major deadwood refers to branches that are 1/4″ (dime-sized) or more in diameter, unless specified.  Occasionally, depending on the situation, I may consider major deadwood to be 1/2″ or greater.  I generally reserve this technique for larger trees, those that I will be climbing with a rope and harness.  Unless there is a specific disease [..]

Fine deadwood refers to all dead branches and twigs with a diameter less than 1/4″ in diameter.  Removing dead branches of that diameter is useful when a perfectly clean appearance is necessary, or when the incidence of disease in a particular species warrants such sanitary practices. Fine “dead-wooding” is very common technique to enhance the appearance [..]

Crabapple is a very common and valuable landscape tree in Alberta.  It is one of the species I am most familiar with, having pruned it in almost every conceivable site from Calgary to Red Deer to Edmonton.  A neglected crab, such as the one below, offers a big challenge, even for the most experienced pruning [..]

One of the most common mistakes that landscapers make is to plant spruce trees far too close to houses, fences, garages, etc. About 15-20 years after planting, the trees have often outgrown their space and are now growing into and over the house, into walkways and driveways, and out onto the street. You don’t have [..]

After recently reading the book Niwaki, I have decided to start a couple of my own in my backyard.  I’m using 2′ tall Scots pines (Pinus sylvestris).  Formative pruning at this stage didn’t take long, as only a few branches needed any work.  Take a look at the pictures below.  

In all cases, tree removal is best handled by the professionals at Wild Rose Tree Service. We have the equipment, experience, and expertise to remove your trees safely. Removal is recommended when: The tree is dead or dying (ie. more than 50% dead branches) The tree is considered hazardous and failure could harm people or property [..]

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09-12-2011

uncategorized

Starting in late summer, many homeowners begin to see the interior needles of their pines, spruces, and cedars turning yellow or orange. It seems that most people have at least one big spruce tree in their yard, and more often than not, people try to do the impossible. February – From mid-month onward, start pruning fruit trees such as apples and pears. I have been spraying cotoneaster hedges for the past week for oystershell scale.


09-12-2011

insect pests

In the summer of 2009, there was a serious epidemic in some Red Deer neighbourhoods, but populations declined greatly in 2010, most likely due to a cold, wet spring, and generally cool summer. I have been spraying cotoneaster hedges for the past week for oystershell scale. 1) Oystershell scale has infested Calgary from the core to the suburbs. I see the highest populations of insects on hedges that have never.


09-12-2011

trees

Aspen Trembling Aspen – Populus tremuloides Swedish Columnar Aspen – Populus tremula ‘Erecta’ Tower Poplar – Populus x canescens ‘Tower’ Trembling Aspen Healthy aspens are some of my favourite trees. Amur Cherry – Prunus mackii ‘Schubert’ Chokecherry – Prunus virginiana ‘Schubert’ The chokecherries are planted for their beautiful spring flowers and in the case of ‘Schubert’.


09-12-2011

insects diseases other problems

In the summer of 2009, there was a serious epidemic in some Red Deer neighbourhoods, but populations declined greatly in 2010, most likely due to a cold, wet spring, and generally cool summer. Besides poor planting techniques and poor plant quality, black knot is the most common cause of plant death among those species. I have been spraying cotoneaster hedges for the past week for oystershell scale.


09-12-2011

a z plant maintenance

Common Caragana – Caragana arborescens ‘Sutherland’ Caragana – Caragana arborescens ‘Sutherland’ Fernleaf Caragana – Caragana lobergii ‘Walker’ Weeping Caragana – Caragana arborescens ‘Walker’ Pygmy Caragana – Caragana pygmaea The various caragana species are quite different with respect to their maintenance requirements.