Category: Pruning Techniques

Top 5 Formal Hedges for Alberta

Posted by shane - March 11, 2015 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Hedges, Pruning Techniques, Shrubs

Hedges are an important part of the urban landscape, softening the hard lines of existing structures, and providing a sense of enclosure or privacy.  They mark our territory, provide a screen to funnel or block a view, and help to control dust and noise.  They can also prevent the mailman from cutting across our yard […]

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Repairing Snow-Damaged Cedars

Posted by shane - December 23, 2014 - Environmental Disorders, Pruning Techniques

After a winter of heavy snowfall, cedars can be unsightly in the spring.  Don’t despair, they can be repaired. The example in the picture is in south Edmonton.  The snow loaded down the branches on this shrub so much that the owners had a hard time getting in and out of their front door. The […]

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Why is My Old Mountain Ash Tree Falling Apart?

Posted by shane - November 12, 2013 - Insects, Diseases & Other Problems, Pruning Techniques

I just moved into a 1950’s neighbourhood in Red Deer and the only tree in my yard is an old American mountain ash (Sorbus americana).  It, like many or most mountain ash of the same age, is decayed, has very poor structure, and without considerable help, will self-destruct within a few years, or perhaps in […]

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Restoration of Two Topped Siberian Elms

Posted by shane - January 27, 2012 - A-Z Plant Maintenance, Pruning Techniques, Trees

I live in Red Deer, which is home to a number of unsavory tree “service” companies.  I’m talking about guys who don’t understand tree biology, tree health, or horticulture.  They know how to cut trees with chainsaws and that’s where it ends.  They get their work by perpetuating old wives tales and myths, and by […]

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Cotoneaster – Renovating an Old Hedge

Posted by shane - April 22, 2011 - Pruning Techniques

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 […]

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Structural Pruning

Posted by shane - January 19, 2011 - Pruning Techniques

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 […]

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Major Deadwood Removal

Posted by shane - January 19, 2011 - Pruning Techniques

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 […]

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Fine Deadwood Removal

Posted by shane - January 19, 2011 - Pruning Techniques

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 […]

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Crabapple Restoration Pruning

Posted by shane - January 4, 2011 - Pruning Techniques

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 […]

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Tree Removals

Posted by shane - July 17, 2010 - Pruning Techniques

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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