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Get Your Garden Ready for Spring: Essential Tips for Shrub Maintenance, Bush Trimming, and Tree Pollarding

As the days grow longer and the temperatures begin to rise, it's time to shake off the winter blues and prepare your garden for the vibrant days of spring ahead. Whether you're an avid gardener or just starting out, now is the perfect time to give your outdoor space some much-needed attention.
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At Above All Tree Care, we understand the importance of proper shrub maintenance, bush trimming, and tree pollarding to ensure your garden thrives throughout the spring season and beyond. Here are some essential tips to help you get started: 

Shrub Maintenance 

Shrubs play a crucial role in adding structure, texture, and colour to your garden. However, without proper maintenance, they can quickly become overgrown and unruly. To keep your shrubs looking their best, start by inspecting them for any dead or diseased branches. Prune these away using sharp, clean tools to encourage healthy growth and improve air circulation within the plant.

Next, consider shaping your shrubs to maintain their desired size and appearance. Whether you prefer formal hedges or more naturalistic shapes, regular pruning can help achieve the look you desire. Be sure to trim your shrubs after they’ve finished flowering but before new growth begins to ensure you don’t inadvertently remove next season’s blooms.

 Finally, don’t forget to mulch around the base of your shrubs to help retain moisture and suppress weeds. Organic mulch materials like wood chips or shredded bark work best and will gradually break down, adding valuable nutrients to the soil.

 Bush Trimming

Bushes, like shrubs, benefit from regular trimming to keep them looking neat and tidy. Start by removing any dead or damaged branches, taking care to make clean cuts just above a healthy bud or lateral branch. This will encourage new growth and prevent the spread of disease.

Next, consider the natural shape and size of your bushes when trimming. Aim to maintain their natural form while removing any excess growth to improve air circulation and sunlight penetration. Use hand pruners for smaller bushes and loppers for larger ones, and step back periodically to assess your progress and ensure even shaping.

Finally, take the time to feed your bushes with a balanced fertiliser to promote healthy growth and vibrant foliage. Choose a slow-release formula designed for shrubs and apply according to the manufacturer’s instructions for best results.

Tree Pollarding

Tree pollarding is a pruning technique commonly used to control the size and shape of fast-growing trees. By removing the upper branches of the tree and promoting new growth from a specific point, pollarding can help keep trees in check and prevent them from outgrowing their space.

If you have trees in your garden that require pollarding, it’s best to consult with a professional tree surgeon like those at Above All Tree Care. Pollarding can be a drastic measure and should only be performed by trained professionals to avoid causing irreversible damage to the tree.

Getting your garden ready for spring requires careful attention to shrub maintenance, bush trimming, and tree pollarding. By following these essential tips and techniques, you can ensure your outdoor space is bursting with life and colour throughout the spring season and beyond. And if you need assistance with any aspect of garden maintenance, don’t hesitate to contact the experts at Above All Tree Care, for professional advice and assistance.


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