Once the first frost hits, your landscape plants, despite all of their spring and summer glory, will fade away leaving bare branches and brown and crumpled foliage behind. Only the evergreens remain. It’s time for fall cleanup and pruning. At Custom Lawn and Landscape, we offer both services.
Tree, Shrub, and Plant Pruning
It is important to remember that pruning plants is a process, not an event. There is no one-day of the year that all plants are to be pruned. Each species has very specific pruning needs based on flower production and the growing season. Our employees are trained in the most common landscape plants in Kansas so they know which plants need to be pruned and when.
Pruning for Bloom Production
First priority is pruning for bloom production. We don’t prune early spring bloomers like redbud and dogwood in the fall as that would cut off the blooming branches. It’s best to postpone pruning until after flowers fade to enjoy the maximum amount of flowers in the spring. Some trees, like oaks, crab apples, and elms, have strict pruning windows (winter) to avoid giving pests and diseases access to fresh cuts.
Pruning for Plant Development
Trees and bushes need shaping as they grow or it can lead to a weakening of the plant and trunks splitting under stress like too much weight from snow in the winter. We focus on overall plant shape, removing wayward branches and thinning unwanted branches.
Pruning for Space Management
Sometimes trees and shrubs just get overgrown and start crowding out other plants in the landscape. These overachievers need to be pruned back simply for space management. We make sure your landscape plants are kept in check so the entire grouping looks visually balanced.
Leaf & Debris Removal
Keeping your lawn free of leaves and debris over the winter can be the difference between having a thin and bare lawn and a thick lawn. If leaves stay on the lawn for more than 2 weeks, you can expect the lawn under the leaves to thin dramatically. If you need leaf and debris removal, give us a call. Fall leaves are mulched and then the excess leaves are removed from your property for composting every other week in November and December, with a final clean up from beds and lawn later in December. You’ll be left with a clean landscape and less to do this spring when things warm up again.