Timing is everything in gardening! We prune shrubs and small trees (up to 15′) at three times of year: Early Spring, Summer and Late Fall.

We usually start by removing diseased, weakened and dead wood along with excess growth.  Our artistic eye looks for the “inner plant” and works next to reveal the natural form and beauty of each specimen.

Pumpkin Brook follows the Northeast Organic Farming Association’s Organic Land Care Standards for pruning.

Dormant pruning of Yew

Reducing spread of a climbing hydrangea. Lee Gadway photo.


Reese cleans up deadwood in a newly established shrub

Rose of Sharon pruning during the dormant season

Martha studies her next cut

Dormant season pruning of crabapple