Prior to the holidays our teams were out pruning Burning Bush at a local condominium complex.  The existing burning bush were densely overgrown and obstructing views for the residents.

Regular pruning maintenance helps improve the plants health and also enhances the aesthetics of the landscape. Below are some before and after images, our pruning services are offered to both residential and commercial clients.

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BEFORE: Overgrown Burning Bush, which obstruct the views of garages for residents.

 

BEFORE: Overgrown Burning Bush shrubs.
BEFORE: Overgrown Burning Bush, that are dense and jagged.

 

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AFTER: Pruned Burning Bush, now allow residents to easily see when entering and exiting their garages.

 

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AFTER

 

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AFTER: Proper pruning methods will help improve plant health for the Spring.

 

RESIDENTIAL & COMMERCIAL PRUNING SERVICES

For more information call us today or fill out our online request form for more information.
586.756.1145 East | 248.835.3000 West

Heading into the winter months give evergreen plants the opportunity to take the spotlight in Michigan landscapes. Unlike deciduous trees which give us canopies of green throughout the spring and summer and a stunning show of vibrant colors in the winter, evergreens provide us with green all year round.

There are a variety of trees and shrubs that fall into the evergreen family, which hold their leaves throughout all the seasons. Conifers (Hemlock, Blue Spruce, Red Cedar and White Pine) and holly are the most popular types of evergreen found in Michigan. Evergreen trees do loose their leaves, but they do not loose them all at the same time.

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DID YOU KNOW? Planting evergreen trees strategically around your home you can save you up to 50% on winter heating cost as the trees will act as a “windbreaker” from cold gusts.

EVERGREENS IN LANDSCAPE

Because evergreens provide lush green foliage all year round they are a very beneficial plant to use in your landscape. There are a variety of different ways evergreen plants can be used in your landscape, here are a few for you to consider.

  • Privacy – The lush season long foliage of evergreens such as arborvitae, juniper and yew make great privacy hedges.
  • Borders – Outline your beds and paths with dwarf versions that will accentuate these key areas of landscape design all year round.
  • Backdrop – You can create a beautiful backdrop you can enjoy all year round. By choosing different varieties you can very the shades of green to create a very pleasing display.
  • Groundcover– Low lying species of spreading evergreen can create a beautiful carpet of green when needed.
  • Hide areas of your home – Have some unsightly areas around your home you would rather not see all the time? Evergreens are a great way to hide your homes foundation, water faucets, water meters and any other area you may not like.

When most people think of fall color they think of trees, but what about all the shrubs that provide beautiful fall colors?
Amongst the beautiful display of color changes high in the sky, shrubs provide fall colors along the ground level changing their leaves from vibrant green to warm shades of red, orange and yellow. Here is a list of some of our favorite fall color shrubs.

Fall Color Shrubs

Fall Color Shrubs
Oakleaf Hydrangea – Zones 5-9
A favorite of shaded shrubs, the oakleaf hydrangea provides beautiful white blooms in the summer, then puts on a show with its beautiful burgundy foliage in the fall.
Fall Color Shrubs
Korean Spice Viburnum – Zones 5-9
A great shrub for all seasons, brilliant pink buds produce in the spring, later turning to white with hints of its once pink beginning. When autumn arrives this shrub produces vibrant red leaves that transform into shades of purple.
  • Viburnum – Zones 2-9. While we mentioned Korean Spice Viburnum above, other varieties of this shrub will also produce a beautiful fall show.
  • Chokeberry – Zones 4-9 – This great shrub offers beautiful white flowers ins spring, red fruits in late summer and autumn and beautiful display of red and orange foliage in the fall.
  • Virginia Sweetspire – Zones 5-9 – This easy to grow shrub offers clusters of fragrant white flowers in the summer and a beautiful array of red-purple leaves in the autumn.
  • Smokebush – Zones 5-8 – This shrub offers beautiful purple or gold foliage throughout the summer as well as lovely flowers, in the fall its foliage turns to vibrant shades of orange and pink.
Shrubs for Autumn Color
Fothergilla – Zones 5-8
This shade dwelling shrub offers honey-scented springtime flowers and stunning blue-green foliage throughout the spring and summer. During the autumn beautiful shades of gold and orange emerge.

 

Landscaping with native plants offers a wide variety of benefits for you and the environment. There are around 1,800 species of native Michigan plants. There is a variety of native plants for every type of environment, in a variety of heights, colors, bloom times and foliage.

Landscaping with native plants, why should you do it?

  • Native plants are naturally adapted to the weather conditions and soils of the area, and require minimum maintenance once they have become established.
  • When planted in the correct location they do not need irrigation, fertilization or winter protection.

    Landscaping With Native Plants
    The cardinal flower is just one of many spices of plants native to Michigan.
  • Using native plants can provide food and shelter for wildlife. Native plants attract dragonflies, butterflies, birds and other creatures. The use of these plants helps counterbalance the destruction of habitats from rapid development.
  • Native plants produce deep roots that allow for water to soak into the ground, which helps prevent runoff and erosion.

From the list above you can see the different benefits that landscaping with native plants can provide. These plants thrive in their native environments and require minimum maintenance, which means less money out of your pocket in the long run.

 

 

 

Hydrangeas are beautiful shade loving flowering shrubs, that bloom with bouquets of clustered flowers from summer through fall. There are many varieties available which differ in flower and plant size, flower color and blooming times. These beautiful shrubs do their best in fertile, moist, well-drained soil in partial to full shade.

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Hydrangea Shrub

 

Hydrangeas

Hardiness Zones: 4-9

Plant Height: 3 – 18 feet

Plant Width: 3-18 feet

Light: Partial – Full Shade

 

One interesting fact about hydrangeas is that you can change the color of their flowers based on the pH levels in your soil. For example, if you have a pink hydrangea and would like to see blue buds you would need to add aluminum to the soil. One of the few exceptions are white variations which regardless of soil conditions will not be transformed into another color.

The objective of plant health care is to improve or maintain the landscapes appearance and vitality, using the most cost effective and environmentally sensitive practices and treatments available.  Your trees, shrubs and flowers represent a long-term investment in your landscape and with the proper care these beautiful plants can be enjoyed for decades. Each individual plant can effect the health of all the others in your landscaping.

Plant Health Care
An individual plant, shrub or tree can effect the plant health of all the plants in your landscape.

Plant Health Care involves monitoring, using preventive treatments such as Deep Root Feeding, Evergreen Winter Protection, Growth Regulators or Organic Plant Fertilization and working closely with the homeowner or commercial property manager to ensure a healthy landscape.

Every landscape is unique, so each Plant Health Care program is customized for the property. Planet – Professional Landcare Network All programs consist of monitoring visits to detect

Landscape is unique to each individual property, so each Plant (Professional Landscape Network) Health Care program is specially customized to its own needs.  All programs consist of monitoring visits to detect and manage any problems with plant vitality, plant insects or plant diseases before they become serious.

Professional Michigan Plant Health Care Services

Our Certified Landscape Professionals (CLP) can recommend treatments and changes in maintenance practices that can eliminate or minimize these problems while maximizing the potential of your landscape and protecting your landscape investment. Call today (586.756.1145 East / 248.835.3000 West) for a free estimate or fill out our free estimate form online.

Lavender

  • ZONES: 5-10
  • LIGHT: Sun
  • PLANT TYPE: Herb, Perennial, Shrub
  • BLOOM TIME: Early – Late Summer
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Lavender

Lavender is a highly fragrant plant that fills summer gardens with beautiful purple toned blooms atop fragrant foilage. Every part of the plant is infused with natural aromatic oils. There are numerous varieties of Lavender, the darker the flowers the more intense the scent. While this plant doesn’t like high humidity, waterlogged soil or poor drainage, the plant itself is heat, wind and drought tolerant.

Lavender offers many different benefits. The plant itself provides fantastic aromatic scents for landscaping and gardening. Lavender flowers are calming and relaxing both physically and emotionally.

Essential oils that are extracted from the plant are used for a wide range of therapeutic and health treatments. This multipurpose plant has even been used to create unique flavoring in special culinary dishes.