Month: March 2019

Best Flowering Trees to Plant in Your Yard

flowering treesWith spring around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about what you are going to plant this year. If you are looking for trees that do more than just making a mess at the end of the year then try planting a flowering tree. There are many types of flowering trees out there but they all can add a little interest and color to your landscape. Luckily, I have compiled a list of some eye-popping flowering trees to make your search a little easier.


Higan Cherry

Cherry trees are beautiful no matter what kind you get, but the Higan cherry is special. It’s a quick growing tree that has many possibilities as an ornamental tree for your landscape. Higan cherry is cherished for its grand display of pink buds and white flowers that form during the early spring. If that wasn’t enough of a reason to plant one of these versatile trees in your yard the Higan cherry also blooms again on warm autumn days offering a rare treat of flowers in fall.


Eastern Redbud

The eastern redbud is a great choice for those with limited planting space. What it lacks in size it makes up for in spectacle. In early spring, the eastern redbud’s branches explode in a show of bright pink flowers that resemble a Fourth of July firework. If you really want to dazzle passersby add the eastern redbud to your spring tree collection.


white dogwood tree and shrubWhite Dogwood

If you are searching for a flowering tree that really puts on a show in the spring then get ready to be wowed by the flowering spectacle that is the white dogwood. It’s snowy-white flowers announce the arrival of spring by turning its bare branches into a jaw-dropping flourish of beauty. In the fall its leaves transform into colorful reds and purples and its ruby-red fruit is a favorite of winter songbirds who will frequent your yard throughout the season. This tree deserves to be front and center in any yard.


Flowering Cherry

When you imagine groves of flowering cherries with blossoms gently floating to the ground you think of traditional Japanese gardens. Thankfully this stunning flowering tree was introduced to the United States in 1902 where it found a home in many yards and gardens. Flowering cherries are a sight for sore eyes after a long winter as their warming pink blossoms herald the start of spring. Just one look at this tree in bloom will fill you with the spring spirit.


Snowdrift Crabapple

If you are looking for a spectacular looking tree year-round then take a look at the snowdrift crabapple. Beginning in spring, this gorgeous flowering tree puts on a show of flowing white blossoms from April through May. Its glossy green leaves and rounded shape draw the eye in the summer and, in the fall, these leaves turn a stunning yellow. The show this tree puts on in the winter is where it gets its name. The orange-red fruits hang on throughout the winter, attracting overwintering birds for your enjoyment. Snowdrift crabapple trees enjoy sunny locations with wet, acidic, well-drained soil. So add some color to your yard with the snowdrift crabapple.


If you need help planting, pruning, or removing a tree on your property just call the experts at PPM at (877) 454-8733 to hear more or leave us a message on our site.


Pre-Spring Pruning: Tips and Techniques

tree ladnscapingWhen it comes to preparing your trees and shrubs for spring, one of the best things you can do is prune. For most Michigan landscapes, the best time to prune is March. This is due to the fact that the trees and shrubs are still dormant, and there is a lack of foliage, which gives you the clearest view of which branches need to be removed.


Knowing proper pruning techniques is the first step in preparing your trees and shrubs for a successful growing season. So, if you’re looking to have the best landscape on the block, follow these pre-spring pruning tips and techniques!


Know The Types Of Cuts

The two types of pruning cuts you can make are called heading cuts, and thinning cuts. Heading cuts are deep cuts, far back on the shoot and just below the buds closest to the dead or diseased branch. The direction in which a heading cut is made determines where the growth will be pointed. These cuts are most commonly used to reduce the height of the tree or shrub while encouraging new growth in a new direction (heading cuts are perfect for re-shaping).


Thinning is the more common cut, and it is used for completely removing dead or diseased branches. Thinning cuts go all the way back to the point of origin, which is either the stem or an attached branch. This cut is used to:

  • Improve the overall health of the tree
  • Create a more aesthetically pleasing landscape
  • Create clearance, and remove potentially dangerous “hanging” branches


correct way to prune bushes and treesKnow Why You Are Pruning

Before you go outside with your shears and start snipping branches at random, take a minute and ask yourself why you are pruning that tree. Are you pruning dead and diseased branches to thin, giving that tree easier access to sunlight and oxygen? Will you be pruning to reduce the size of the tree or shrub, giving it more room to grow? Are you pruning to shape, to improve the look of your lawn and landscape? Ask yourself these questions, and make sure to do proper research to ensure proper pruning!


Know The 1/3 and 1/4 Rule

As a general rule of thumb:

  • Never remove more than 1/3 of the branches on your shrubs and small trees
  • Never remove more than 1/4 of the branches on larger, fully grown trees

Remember, pruning is good in moderation. Over-pruning can cause the tree or shrub to panic, and try to force re-growth when the necessary nutrients aren’t available. This puts them at risk of causing either extensive damage or stunted growth. Just be careful!


Know Who To Call

If your trees and shrubs need pruning, or if you want to get some more tips and techniques about how you can prune yourself, give the experts at PPM a call.


Through our trimming service, our team of professionals will provide your trees and shrubs with fine, detail-orientated pruning. Ultimately encouraging the health and growth of the tree or shrub, while improving the aesthetics of your landscape. Contact us today at (877) 454-8733 to hear more!


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