Whilst I was quite happy to take on the pruning of the Dogwoods the other day, the big trees also needed pruning, so recognising that his was a job beyond my capabilities, I called in the experts. Trusting to luck I chose a firm out of the Yellow Pages (Trade telephone directory). Not always the best way to arrive at a successful conclusion I admit, but on this occasion I have been very pleased with the work done by D and D Miles Landscaping, based in nearby Farnborough. They have been very efficient, reliable, tidy, and good value for money. I have had them trim the Leylandii hedge that separates my drive from the road, and then prune both the Crab Apple and the Bronze Maple trees. All three tasks were done to my complete satisfaction - which is pretty close to a miracle when you consider the shoddy service you get from some tradesmen!
How about this for precision hedge-trimming? Regular readers will understand why I was so pleased!
Here's the Crab Apple - much neater than before, and with lots of the smaller branches removed to let in some light and air. It will flower next month, so I wanted this pruning done well before then.
And finally, the Bronze Maple. I have had it reduced in size by about 25%, and several of the lower branches removed, so that it doesn't shade the veg patch so much.
The low morning sun will now shine underneath the branches of this tree. The trouble is, I can now see how straggly the next-door Cherry and Philadelphus trees look. They're next...