Transformations
 

Flowering Crabapple After Pruning (in bloom)
Flowering Crabapple After Pruning (in bloom)

same crabapple Before Pruning 2018
same crabapple Before Pruning 2018

Same Tree as viewed when you approach from up the street.
Same Tree as viewed when you approach from up the street.

Flowering Crabapple After Pruning (in bloom)
Flowering Crabapple After Pruning (in bloom)

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Flowering Crabapple May 2021
Flowering Crabapple May 2021

Pruned heavily Feb 2021, to remove dead, crossing/rubbing branches. Limbed up away from driveway. Made healthier and more aesthetically pleasing.

Flowering Crabapple BEFORE PRUNING.
Flowering Crabapple BEFORE PRUNING.

notice all the dense, clogging interior branches, and the limbs interfering with use of driveway.

Flowering Crabapple May 2021
Flowering Crabapple May 2021

Pruned heavily Feb 2021, to remove dead, crossing/rubbing branches. Limbed up away from driveway. Made healthier and more aesthetically pleasing.

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Flowering Crabapple
Flowering Crabapple

Blooming heavily 2 months after heavy winter pruning.

same tree immediately after 1st pruning (Mar 2021)
same tree immediately after 1st pruning (Mar 2021)

Pruned hard away from driveway, utility line and garage. Canopy opened and thinned. Dead wood and clogging interior branches removed.

same tree prior to it's first pruning (Mar 2021)
same tree prior to it's first pruning (Mar 2021)

Look how much more "noise" their is interfering with the natural form and beauty of this tree. So many little thin clogging interior branches and "suckers" to be removed.

Flowering Crabapple
Flowering Crabapple

Blooming heavily 2 months after heavy winter pruning.

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Japanese Maples (after pruning July 2020)
Japanese Maples (after pruning July 2020)

These 2 trees have been a rehabilitation and reclamation project started in 2018. They had been previously "topped" and "sheared" to form a certain height and shape. Therefore they had lots of weak, unnatural, and unhealthy growth and plenty of dead wood on the interior. I've been trying to get them healthy and graceful and eventually they will meet and frame the doorway, naturally.

before pruning July 2020
before pruning July 2020

pruned lower growth away from walkway and thinned canopy.

what they looked like the winter after their first pruning
what they looked like the winter after their first pruning

winter pruning is wonderful because you can quickly see the form of trees. Neither pathogens nor pests are active then. You have the whole growing season ahead of you for the tree/shrub to push response growth and put all of it's energy into the branches and limbs that are left.

Japanese Maples (after pruning July 2020)
Japanese Maples (after pruning July 2020)

These 2 trees have been a rehabilitation and reclamation project started in 2018. They had been previously "topped" and "sheared" to form a certain height and shape. Therefore they had lots of weak, unnatural, and unhealthy growth and plenty of dead wood on the interior. I've been trying to get them healthy and graceful and eventually they will meet and frame the doorway, naturally.

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Flowering Crabapple in Bloom (2021)
Flowering Crabapple in Bloom (2021)

I've had the privilege to work on this tree and make it healthier, more beautiful, and better functioning for the space (away from walkway and lamp) for the last 3 years. I love this tree's character and personality.

same tree before 1st pruning (Winter 2019)
same tree before 1st pruning (Winter 2019)

Flowering Crabapple in Bloom (2021)
Flowering Crabapple in Bloom (2021)

I've had the privilege to work on this tree and make it healthier, more beautiful, and better functioning for the space (away from walkway and lamp) for the last 3 years. I love this tree's character and personality.

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Flowering Crabapple after Pruning (Spring 2021)
Flowering Crabapple after Pruning (Spring 2021)

same crabapple before winter pruning 2020
same crabapple before winter pruning 2020

Flowering Crabapple after Pruning (Spring 2021)
Flowering Crabapple after Pruning (Spring 2021)

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Magnolia (May 2021)
Magnolia (May 2021)

This tree was pruned heavily in 2019 and moderately in 2020. Canopy opened and thinned. Dead and crossing branches were removed.

Same Tree prior to 1st pruning (2019).
Same Tree prior to 1st pruning (2019).

Thinned canopy, pruned away from driveway, opened up for better air circulation to improve health and year-round aesthetics.

Magnolia (May 2021)
Magnolia (May 2021)

This tree was pruned heavily in 2019 and moderately in 2020. Canopy opened and thinned. Dead and crossing branches were removed.

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Magnolia after 1st spring pruning (May 2021)
Magnolia after 1st spring pruning (May 2021)

Limbed up away from patio and walkways. Canopy significantly opened to increase air circulation and allow more sunlight to get to all parts of the tree.

same tree before first pruning (may 2021)
same tree before first pruning (may 2021)

Notice how dense the canopy is and how many low branches there are.

Magnolia after 1st spring pruning (May 2021)
Magnolia after 1st spring pruning (May 2021)

Limbed up away from patio and walkways. Canopy significantly opened to increase air circulation and allow more sunlight to get to all parts of the tree.

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Magnolia after second pruning may 2020
Magnolia after second pruning may 2020

thinned and opened the canopy. Pruned out crossing and rubbing branches. Trying to thin this tree to open it up for air circ and sunlight penetration, and also to encourage it to get tall and wide and GORGEOUS!

same tree before 2nd pruning (may 2021)
same tree before 2nd pruning (may 2021)

way thinner and healthier than it was a year ago, but still needs work....

before first pruning in July 2020
before first pruning in July 2020

dense dense dense! This tree had been topped in the past, so there were lots of upright, weak branches, with a canopy so dense that sunlight barely got through. This tree needs a few years to get back to a naturally beautiful, full, elegant magnolia form.

Magnolia after second pruning may 2020
Magnolia after second pruning may 2020

thinned and opened the canopy. Pruned out crossing and rubbing branches. Trying to thin this tree to open it up for air circ and sunlight penetration, and also to encourage it to get tall and wide and GORGEOUS!

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Weeping Cherry (May 2021)
Weeping Cherry (May 2021)

Opened up and canopy lifted (without shears) to allow clear passage underneath on walkway.

After 1st Pruning May 2018
After 1st Pruning May 2018

Pruned out tons of dead wood, rotting stems, crossing, rubbing branches. Opened up canopy to enhance sunlight and air circulation to encourage better health and aesthetics.

Prior to first pruning 2018
Prior to first pruning 2018

Had lots of ants and lots of dead interior wood. This tree had been repeatedly sheared in the past, which made it look lush on the exterior, but was a tangled mess of interior dead where virtually no sunlight was able to get into.

Weeping Cherry (May 2021)
Weeping Cherry (May 2021)

Opened up and canopy lifted (without shears) to allow clear passage underneath on walkway.

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Saucer Magnolia
Saucer Magnolia

Limbed up canopy to make mowing easier, as well as improve safety for backing out of driveway. Pruned to open canopy for better health, better flowering, and year-round beauty.

Half way through
Half way through

canopy is thinned, but tree is still not done...

Magnolia before pruning
Magnolia before pruning

Notice the dense canopy and how it goes all the way down to the ground.

Saucer Magnolia
Saucer Magnolia

Limbed up canopy to make mowing easier, as well as improve safety for backing out of driveway. Pruned to open canopy for better health, better flowering, and year-round beauty.

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