Pruning trees and shrubs

Pruning trees and shrubs

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The official definition of a tree is a perennial plant, distinguished from a shrub, due to its elongated stem, branches and leaves raised above the ground.

  • Trees are either evergreen, with leaves lasting all year round, or deciduous with beautiful autumnal coloured leaves, shedding to the ground.
  • The tree’s roots will normally spread widely, providing an anchor and extract moisture from the soil, where possible.
  • Trees can be used to add height, provide proportion, or shade and privacy from your neighbours, as well as helping insects and wildlife.

When buying a new tree it is a confusing time: what size is required? Is it suitable for the garden? Will it grow too big? If you require a single tree, an orchard, or a tree for your container, such as a Japanese Maple, can provide advice and assistance. It is important to remember that whilst nearly all trees are easy to look after nearly all have an extensive root system, so it is not advised to plant near the home.

Ornamental shrubs is a term used for plants that are specifically grown for decorative purposes in gardens either for a particular garden them display or for cut flowers. Ornamental shrubs are commonly grown for their scent, foliage, fruit and flowers; all aesthetically pleasing features. A more unusual shrub is sometimes grown as a feature of interest, such as Cacti.

Long-stemmed ornamental shrubs (also known as ‘standards’) make great garden features, whether placed in a large pot on the patio, or in a border. You can even accentuate your garden path by planting several in a row along the edge. Plus you can add more contrast by planting low growing ground cover plants beneath them. Their beautiful shapes bring structure and variety into your garden all year round.

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