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King Garden Designs, Inc. is a boutique landscape design company located in New York. Charles King Sadler, King Garden Designs founder, enjoys creating and enhancing the beauty and vitality of landscapes through thoughtful design, professional implementation and ongoing care.
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How To Prune Hydrangea: Charles King Sadler of King Garden Designs offers professional expert Hydrangea pruning and property care.
King Garden Designs ISA Certified Arborists know when and how to prune your precious Hydrangea shrubs - all varieties, plus care for your Hydrangea trees, and climbing Hydrangea for optimal beauty and plant health. We also assist in residential property oversight; guiding and directing landscape services.
We can restore neglected Hydrangea miraculously with renovation pruning, fertilization, care and attention.
Thin Hydrangea for Improved Plant Health
Source: United States National Arboretum
Proper pruning brings out a plants intrinsic beauty, fostering plant health while reducing risk of storm damage. We supply all your pruning needs.
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Hydrangea Care And pruning
King Garden Designs' ISA Certified Arborists know when and how to prune and thin your precious Hydrangea shrubs, trees and vines for optimal beauty and plant health. We also assist in residential property oversight; guiding and directing landscape services. We draw on our network of experts. Our unique hands-on approach and attention to detail create incredible results.
We can restore neglected Hydrangea miraculously with renovation pruning, fertilization, care and attention.
We begin with a pruning consultation, to discuss your goals, timing and budget. We carefully listen to your wishes and concerns, we follow up with a garden care pruning proposal.
For mature gardens and estates we create a successful garden care program; this can include: regular garden visits to ensure plant health, periodic pruning and fertilization.
We enjoy guiding the ongoing personalized after-care of your gardens and estate so that as they mature and change, their original design intent is preserved.
Pruning Consultation and Assessment: Beginning at $250
Plus travel expenses beyond our 20 mile radius
(Suggested 1 Hour Meeting)
Our ISA Certified Arborists provide a property plant health and safety assessment.
King Garden Designs are experts at successfully guiding the pruning and care of your shrubs so that they continue to thrive. We utilize the ANSI A300 (Part 1) Pruning Standards for our pruning and trimming operations.
A300 Pruning standards recognize, but are not limited to, the following pruning objectives:
- Manage risk
- Manage health
Develop structure, such as to: Improve branch and trunk architecture promote or subordinate certain leaders, stems, or branches; Promote desirable branch spacing; promote or discourage growth in a particular direction (directional pruning); minimize future interferences, lines of sight, or infrastructure, or other plants; restore plants following damage; and/or, rejuvenate shrubs.
- Manage size or shape
- Improve aesthetics
- Manage wildlife habitat
How To Prune Your Hydrangeas
Source: Royal Horticultural Society www.rhs.org.uk
The pruning methods explained below are for individual types and species of hydrangea.
The most commonly grown hydrangeas in gardens are lacecaps and mopheads – mopheads are identified by their full, roundish heads of large petals; lacecaps have tiny flowers in the centre of the bloom and an outer border of large petals.
When to prune hydrangeas
Most pruning is carried out in late winter or early spring. However, the climbing hydrangea is pruned after flowering in summer.
How to prune hydrangeas
Dead-heading: dead blooms on mophead hydrangeas can, in mild areas, be removed just after flowering, but it is best to leave them on the plant over winter to provide some frost protection for the tender growth buds below. Remove the dead flowerheads in early spring, cutting back the stem to the first strong, healthy pair of buds down from the faded bloom.
Lacecaps are hardier, and the faded flowerheads can be cut back after flowering to the second pair of leaves below the head in order to prevent seed developing, which saps energy from the plant
Pruning established mopheads and lacecaps: Cut out one or two of the oldest stems at the base to encourage the production of new, replacement growth that will be more floriferous.
Poor or neglected plants can be entirely renovated by cutting off all the stems at the base. However, this will remove all the flowers for that summer, and the new stems will not bloom until the following year.
Pruning Climbing Hydrangeas
The climbing hydrangea (Hydrangea anomala subsp. petiolaris) should have overlong shoots cut back immediately after flowering. Most flowers appear towards the top of the plant, so try to leave as much of this un-pruned as possible.
Established plants will tolerate hard pruning in spring, but extensive cutting back all in one go is likely to reduce flowering for the next couple of summers. To prevent flower loss, stagger drastic pruning over three or four years, reducing the size of the plant gradually
Pruning Other Hydrangeas
Hydrangea serrata can be pruned in the same way as mophead and lacecap hydrangeas.
Hydrangea paniculata and H. arborescens are treated differently. Although the only essential work is to remove dead wood in spring, these species flower more prolifically when pruned back annually to a framework of branches. Each spring, cut back last year’s stems to a pair of healthy buds to maintain a permanent framework. To produce larger flower panicles on strong, upright branches, hard prune to the lowest pair of healthy buds, creating a low framework of branches. This usually results in a pruned framework of no more than 25cm (10in) high but, if more height is required, cut to about 60cm (2ft) tall.
Most other hydrangea species, including H. aspera, H. aspera Villosa Group, H. quercifolia and H. sargentiana, need only minimal pruning in spring to remove dead and over-long stems.
If there is any frost damage in spring, prune back damaged shoots to just above the first undamaged pair of buds on live, healthy wood.
Also remove any weak, straggly stems. In particular, cut out any stems that trail onto the ground.