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. We also follow Best Management Practices recommended by the International Society of Arborists, the ANSI A300 Tree, Shrub and Other Woody Plant Management – Standard Practices (Pruning).

Martha studies her next cut

Reducing spread of a climbing hydrangea. Lee Gadway photo.


Reese cleans up deadwood in a newly established shrub

Summer pruning of an overgrown golden chamaecyparis

Dormant pruning of Yew

Dormant season pruning of crabapple

Overgrown magnolia gets a summer thinning