The messy Mimosa (Albizia julibrissin) in the backyard was the primary instigation for calling a tree service. It occupies a prominent position in the backyard but its placement at the edge of our property line on the top of a steep slope led me to steer clear of any effort to handle trimming on our own. It was a twiggy mess and had been very badly pruned by prior owners. As I've mentioned many times before it also drops a mass of litter annually and produces an endless supply of seedlings.
|Trimming in process|
Three strawberry trees (Arbutus 'Marina') also got trimmed. I hope the hummingbirds who flit about feeding from the blooms will forgive me.
My hope is that trimming this one will not only improve the air circulation within the tree (and thereby prevent the development of any sooty mold or insect problems) but also allow more sunlight to reach the plants in the dry garden below.
|The same tree after trimming, photographed from the same angle|
|View of the same tree from a different angle|
In the front yard, the crew thinned the ornamental pear (Pyrus calleryana).
The Hong Kong orchid tree (Bauhinia x blakeana) also got a very light trim to clear out the twigs and move it off the roof.
|Before its trim|
In addition, I spent a portion of the weekend finishing up my severe pruning of one of the front hedges, which had lost all shape due to years of being hacked from the top and the sides. I'll post some photos of that effort in the future. The worst part of that task was cleaning up the debris. In using a tree service for today's job, not only was it done faster and without risk to life and limbs but someone else took care of all that debris.
Two projects done. On to the next!