King Garden Designs, Inc. | 914-907-0246
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.
Member American Society of Landscape Architects, Member American Boxwood Society, Member European Boxwood and Topiary Society and ISA Certified Arborist TRAQ
Expert Pruning: Charles King Sadler of King Garden Designs offers professional expert pruning and property care, we are based in the Hudson Valley. Garden Design Westchester County, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
King Garden Designs ISA Certified Arborists know when and how to prune your valuable shrubs, cloud pruning, hedges and topiary for optimal beauty and plant health. We also assist in residential property oversight; guiding and directing landscape services.
We can restore neglected plants miraculously with renovation pruning, fertilization, care and attention.
Thin Shrubs for Improved Plant Health
Proper pruning brings out a plants intrinsic beauty, fostering plant health while reducing risk of storm damage. We supply all your pruning needs.
Design and horticultural consultations
ISA Certified Arborist Assessment, ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification
Landscaping Services, Landscaping Consultations, Landscaping Property Over Site, Landscape Design, Property Care, Landscape Maintenance.
Landscape and Garden Design for Westchester County, NY; Putnam County, NY, Dutchess County, NY; Fairfield County, CT; Bergen County, NJ
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Aesthetic pruning & Garden Care
We assist in residential, commercial and municipal property oversight and pruning; guiding and directing landscape services for homes, estates, businesses, institutions and municipalities. We draw on our network of experts. King Garden Designs' ISA Certified Arborists know when and how to prune all your shrubs, trees and vines. Our expertise extends to the thinning of your very special Japanese Maples, valuable shrubs, roses, fruiting plants (apple, pear, grape, etc.), topiary, hedges and cloud pruned boxwood for optimal beauty and plant health. Our unique hands-on approach and attention to detail create incredible results.
King Garden Designs utilizes Aesthetic Pruning techniques, creatively interpenetrating small trees and shrubs. This living art form combines the artistic skill of the pruner, the essence of a the tree or shrub, the science of horticulture and the needs of clients and surrounding environs.
With its foundation in Japanese garden pruning, bonsai and arboriculture, aesthetic pruning incorporates visual art and design principles to work with plants within their unique setting. Due to the universality of its approach, aesthetic pruning benefits all situations and garden styles.
Aesthetic pruners are dedicated to the craft of pruning, versed in many styles and have a long term vision with an emphasis on beauty and plant health. Aesthetic pruners make the right cuts for the right reason.
Source: Aesthetic Pruners Association; Oakland, California
Winter is a great time for many types of Pruning including: fruit trees, ornamental trees and shrubs, some flowering vines (Wisteria), thinning of some evergreen shrubs such as Boxwood and Rhododendron (weather dependent). Winter is also a good time for various types of shade tree pruning such as: crown thinning, vista pruning, structural pruning of developing trees, removal of dead or hazardous trees or limbs.
We can restore neglected shrubs miraculously with renovation pruning, fertilization, care and attention.
We offer Consulting Arborist services and ongoing property care to ensure that as your gardens develop and change the original design intent is preserved.
- Tree Assessments, Tree Inventory, Tree Care And Pruning
- Periodic Pruning To Retain Plant Shape, Scale And Health
- Periodic Site Visits To Assure Proper Garden Care Is Given
- Written Property Assessments and Oversight
- Annual Maintenance and Garden Care Contracts
Pruning Consultation and Assessment: Beginning at $250
Plus travel expenses beyond our 20 mile radius
(Suggested 1 Hour Meeting)
King Garden Designs' ISA Certified Arborists survey property tree health and provide a safety assessment.
King Garden Designs are experts at successfully guiding the pruning and care of your trees and shrubs so that they continue to thrive; beautifying your community, campus, corporate headquarters or institution.
We utilize the ANSI A300 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 interference with traffic, lines of sight, or infrastructure, or other plants; restore plants following damage; and/or, rejuvenate shrubs.
Provide Clearance, such as to: ensure safe and reliable utility services; minimize current interference with traffic, lines of sight, infrastructure, or other plants; raise crown(s) for movement of traffic or light penetration; ensure lines-of-sight or desired views; provide access to sites, buildings, or other structures; and/or, comply with regulations.
- Manage size or shape
- Improve aesthetics
- Manage production of fruit, flowers, or other products
- Manage wildlife habitat
Advisory Notice: Certain pruning practices are not acceptable and can injure trees such as:
- Topping: The reduction of a tree's size using heading cuts that shorten limbs or branches back to a predetermined crown limit.
- Lion's Tailing: The removal of an excessive number of inner, lateral branches from parent branches.
- Rooster-Tailing: The over-thinning of palms, usually by removing too many lower, live fronds.
Structural pruning of young, developing trees provides a desirable and stable form at maturity and is one of the best investments that consumers can make in their landscape. In nature, trees tend to develop a sound structure in response to competition.
Source: Bartlett Tree Experts, December 6, 2016
A Must-Do for All Trees Near Buildings or Walkways
Picture a tree in a forest, growing straight up through a shady canopy with a single stem, stretching for the sunlight above. Now think of a tree in your landscape. Growing alone, it has full access to the sun with minimal competition from neighboring trees. Outside of its natural habitat, it develops a wide crown with large lower branches and many limbs. These features structurally weaken your landscape tree.
Growing conditions in a forest encourage development of a strong central stem and reasonable branch size. Conditions in a landscape are inherently different and favor the development of structural defects.
Problematic structural defects develop at an early age and worsen as the plant matures, posing an ever-increasing risk to the property, and the people on it. Maintain the stability of your trees and you reduce this risk. That’s where structural pruning comes in.
Structural pruning aims to develop and maintain stable trees. This type of pruning can benefit all landscape trees, but for those growing near buildings, next to sidewalks or over parking areas, this practice is not a nice-to-do, it is a must-do.
An unbalanced crown, with branches dominating one side, poses a serious risk to people and property. This issue could have been prevented with structural pruning.
Consequences of Not Pruning for Structure
Poor tree structure often results in breakage of major limbs and contributes to overall tree failure. These trees are usually the first to fall during inclement weather, but are even at risk under normal conditions.
Structural defects predispose a tree to failure, even under normal weather conditions.
Trees in urban landscapes frequently begin developing undesirable traits at a very young age. They may develop poor crown structure, large branches that dominate the central stem as well as weak branch attachments or codominant stems with inclusions. Though these problems seem minor when trees are young, they become major headaches as trees grow.
Large trees support more weight and are exposed to greater forces from wind so poor architectural traits greatly increase the likelihood of failure. Given the size of mature trees, it is exceedingly more costly to correctively prune later in life. Plus, when matures trees do fail, they have the ability to cause much greater damage. That is why it is so critical to give special attention to those trees that potentially pose a danger to people or property.
Features of a Strong Tree
Single Central Stem
Unless the tree is intentionally grown as a multi-stemmed specimen (like some birch and serviceberry trees for example), a single stem should be maintained for approximately half of the eventual mature height of the tree.
Reasonable Branch Size
The size of all branches and leaders should always be less than one-half the diameter of the parent stem at the point of attachment.
Adequate Branch Spacing
Branches should not be clustered closely together. A radial distribution of branches around the stem will distribute weight and minimize stress.
Strong Branch Attachments
Unions where the trunk wood wraps around the base of the branch are preferable. When bark becomes included (squeezed or embedded), that attachment will be weaker. Inclusions on large, long branches pose the greatest risk.
Good Foliage Distribution
Foliage should cover at least the distal of two-thirds of the stem and each permanent branch. Maintaining lower branches encourages diameter growth that leads to desirable trunk taper.
Life and Limb
Starting at a young age, proper pruning techniques can encourage development of all the above features for a strong, stable tree at maturity. This type of pruning decreases maintenance costs over time, reduces tree and limb failures and helps ensure trees live longer.
After planting young trees, the first ten years are a critical time period for guiding correct architecture. On large, maturing species, pruning may need to continue at regular intervals for up to 25 years following planting. While it may seem counter-intuitive, the cost savings of early, consistent structural pruning can be significant. At a young age, a problematic limb can often be removed with a hand pruner. Leave that limb to grow into a co-dominant stem and you’re faced with major pruning, installation of structural supports or even removal.
For trees in an urban landscape, structural pruning will always be a good investment. When it comes to those trees near parking lots, buildings or walkways, it is more than an investment. For these trees, structural pruning is an essential strategy for mitigating risk and maintaining the safety of people and property.