• Advice on Pruning

    Most plants will benefit from regular maintenance and pruning. But it can be confusing knowing when to prune what. Many flowering and fruiting plants prefer to be pruned while they are dormant in late winter through early spring. Some spring blooming trees and shrubs, will begin showing new buds as soon as the old buds are gone. These will need to be pruned soon after flowering, or you may risk pruning off the new buds with the old. Other plants need to be continually pruned and dead-headed, so that they continue to flourish.

    Pruning at the wrong time of year can result in less fruits and flowers, but usually won’t do any harm to the plant itself. The exception to this is pruning too late in the season and encouraging alot of tender, new growth that will be killed with the onset of winter.

    Flowering Trees, Shrubs and Vines

    The most confusing group of plants, when it comes to pruning times, is flowering trees and shrubs. A general rule of thumb is to prune summer and autumn flowering trees and shrubs in late winter or early spring (The dormant season) and to prune spring flowering trees and shrubs soon after their flowers fade. The confusion comes with plants like hydrangeas,clematis and roses; some of these flower in spring, some in summer or autumn, some flower repeatedly.

    Cairns Tree Surgery offer professional plant and tree care services. Contact us today on 0141 812 7770

  • Is too much rain killing my trees?

    We have more than our fair share of the wet stuff in the west of Scotland.

    Most people know that too little rain is not good for their garden, but are surprised to find that too much rain can kill trees and plants too.   Waterlogged soil could be starving your tree and plant roots of oxygen, slowly suffocating them.  Sadly, lots of trees, plants and shrubs that weathered the severe winter are now going into decline.
    The signs of trees/plants affected by too much water are very similar to those affected by not enough water.  If you need help with identifying this Cairns Tree Surgery are offering customers a FREE health check.

    We will check for: stability of roots, correct size and colour of bark and foliage, security of branch attachment, overall shape and health of the tree. As well as giving you advice on planting new trees, different types of safe pruning to get light into your garden without damaging the tree.

    Call Derek today to book your FREE Garden Health Check appointment!
    0141 812 7770