Maintenance Packages

  • Lawn care
  • Tree and/or shrub care
  • Mulch landscape beds in spring or early summer
  • Prune plants in spring or early summer
  • Return every 2 weeks throughout summer to maintain weed control and plant growth
  • Prune plants in late fall**
  • Winter preparation of landscape beds (late fall – removal of leaves, weeds, etc.)

**Benefit of dormant pruning
Moving into winter is the ideal time to perform dormant pruning on trees and shrubs in Northwest Ohio for three main reasons:

  1. It’s easier to identify dead and diseased branches when plants aren’t teaming with foliage.
  2. Corrective pruning will not damage new growth while plants are in “sleep mode” for the cold season and it puts less stress on the plant.
  3. There is no disease or insect activity this time of year.

As the name implies, you do this type of pruning only when plants are dormant – after summer growth stops and before new growth appears in the spring. The ideal window of time for dormant pruning in Northwest Ohio is November through the end of March, though this schedule is dictated by weather.
Dormant pruning involves “corrective action” – really getting into the tree or shrub canopy and hard pruning branches to:

  • Remove diseased, dying or dead branches
  • Reshape an overgrown plant so it can be salvaged rather than replaced
  • Restore the health of a suffering tree or shrub

  • During the growing season, maintenance pruning is performed to maintain trees and shrubs shape and to keep plants within their footprints in a landscape bed. More serious pruning happens once plants go dormant.

    Now is prime dormant pruning time. During winter, major pruning efforts are not as noticeable to those who live, work and play on your Northwest Ohio commercial property. If you severely pruned a large hydrangea or rose bush in the middle of the summer, people would wonder, “what happened to that shrub?” There’s a good chance they won’t notice dormant pruning, since deciduous trees and shrubs have lost their leaves and people are less actively using outdoor spaces on your property.