• Pruning Practices

  • At Desert Classic, we endeavor to successfully manage and sustain the existing plant material by utilizing industry horticultural standards and implementing cutting edge processes. We have a depth of knowledge regarding drought tolerant plants and "right plant, right place" design and installation.  

    Pruning is of the utmost importance when managing the plant life here in the Valley and there are several pruning practices that we promote in order to preserve existing plant life.  One horticultural standard that is tried and true is the Seasonal Pruning or Renovation of specific species of plant material.  This practice not only “renews” the plant, and increases its lifespan, but will allow the plant to flower more frequently and abundantly reducing evaporation and the need for excess watering.

  • What We Do

    • Remove die-back occurring from cold temperatures to rejuvenate spring growth at the correct time. This        occurs in March, April, and May after the danger for frost has past. 
    • Remove growth that affects pedestrian movement along such as sidewalks and pathways to help                  eliminate fall and trip hazards. 
    • Prune shrubs and ground-cover after flowering is complete in order for communities to enjoy the beauty          of each shrub species. Flowers are often lost when shearing occurs. We promote natural growth to                preserve bloom cover.  
    • Discuss and accommodate the pruning style and the preferences of the community.
    • Prune to thin branching structure but retain the natural shape of the plant. 
    • Prune to direct and control growth of fast growing material
    • Remove dead, diseased and dying plant material to keep the plant healthy and aesthetically pleasing.
    • Prune to promote strong branching structure by shaping the plant and allowing the prominent branches          to grow and thrive. 
    • Allow shrubs and ground-covers to fill spaces to maximize appearance of vegetation.