Entry CourtyardContemporary Landscape, San Francisco
View into entry courtyard with bosque of pear trees.
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Pruning Terms to KnowLet’s get started with some of the most common terms used when discussing pruning trees and shrubs.Crown. The upper part of the tree, made up of the branches, stems and leaves — also referred to as the “canopy.”Crown cleaning. Pruning away dead or diseased branches and stems. This also includes the removal of any “stubs,” which are the dead base of a branch that wasn’t pruned back to the trunk.Crown raising. Removing lower branches back to the trunk to elevate the crown of a tree or shrub. Crown raising is often done to provide clearance for pedestrians, cars or anything else that might be under the tree.Crown reduction. The removal of a percentage of the outer part of a tree or shrub by pruning back the leaves, stems and branches. This is often done to prevent wind damage or a tree from blowing over.Crown thinning. Involves the removal of select interior branches to improve air flow and reduce the weight of the tree. The overall shape and size of the tree remains the same when this type of pruning is done.
5. Plant shade trees. Exercise your green thumb by planting shade trees around the house. Design associate Andrew Spiering, formerly of Terra Ferma Landscapes suggests casting shadows on the southwestern exposure of the home using large deciduous trees, like oaks, sycamores and elms. “Other ideas include increasing humidity around the home using layered planting or reducing hardscape,” he says.