The Art of Pruning for Landscape Lighting

Are your gardens getting in the way of their own illumination? Don’t let your petunias drown out your residential landscape lighting. Prune to match the fixture. There are a few special techniques to keep in mind when it comes to pruning for your Oakville landscape lighting. These techniques aren’t difficult, and can be easily incorporated into any gardening practice. At Nite Time Décor Oakville, we want to make sure you get the most out of your Nite Time Décor lighting services. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of tips to help you trim back the shrubbery to show off your gorgeous residential landscape lighting.

Why bother pruning?
If you’re one of those homeowners that usually skips pruning in your gardening practice, you may be wondering why pruning is important. The fact is that pruning has several benefits beyond simply providing more room for your Oakville landscape lighting.

Plants that are allowed to grow too wide are not going to be as healthy as those that are trimmed regularly. Think of your plants like you think of your hair. When you trim your hair every 8 weeks, you’re removing the dead hair that has been sucking up all of the nutrients from the roots. In this way, you’re providing your hair the opportunity to grow more rapidly, but with considerably more health and strength.

Plants are the same way. Those old decrepit endings on your plants hog the nutrients from the fresh new sprouts, essentially weakening the whole plant. This creates a cycle where unhealthy branches block out the light from your Nite Time Décor lighting services. Left to hang in unruly tangles, the foliage and blossoms will prevent your lights from bringing safety, security, and aesthetic appeal to your home.

When should you prune
To get the best results, you’ll want to prune just before the growing season starts. This is usually best done in early spring, but it depends on the plant and the plant’s individual peak growing season. However, pruning is always best practiced before budding and growth has taken full force, as trimming at this time may only cause damage. Your plant uses up all its energy to grow, and can’t spend any more on repair post-pruning.

Throughout the summer, keep on top of your plant maintenance. Remove the dead leaves, twigs, and branches from both the plant itself and from the base of the plant. These will harm your garden and get in the way of your Oakville landscape lighting.

How to prune for residential landscape lighting
Many Oakville landscape lighting companies use shrubbery and gardens as a way to conceal fixtures. When done properly, this creates a lovely effect. This means, though, that you need to keep up on trimming.

To “thin” the plants, again think of how your hairdresser thins out your hair. You remove strategic areas of your foliage to make the tree appear less weighty. This process also creates more areas through which the illumination from your Nite Time Décor Oakville fixtures may shine.

If you are going to thin your trees out, keep in mind that older trees shouldn’t be thinned as much as younger trees, as they are weaker with age. Furthermore, only 25% of the foliage and branches should be removed in a single trimming.

“Raising” is another effect that creates more room for your residential landscape lighting to shine through. This is the process of removing and thinning branches that are close to the base of the tree or shrub.

Finally, keep up on cleaning the plants. This simply involves removing dead, diseased, or weak branches.

Illuminate your gardens this summer with Nite Time Décor lighting services. Receive your complimentary quote from Nite Time Décor Oakville today.