What is Seasonal Pruning and Why is it Done?

Traditionally, pruning is carried out during the winter months, but not all types of vegetation respond well to pruning. If your plants are already huge, pruning them during the winter will only make them grow faster. Removing water sprouts and suckers will produce at least two to three times more during the following summer. Shrubs and trees can be pruned at different times to get different results because each plant responds differently to pruning.


The ideal time to prune any shrub or tree depends on how fast it grows and flowering. The amount of pruning will depend on the speed of the tree’s growth and the density of branches. This can only be gauged by experience. Take note of the most dense branches and produce the best result. Then prune those branches to obtain even better results.


If you prune deciduous shrubs and trees during the winter when they are dormant, you will have much denser growth when the spring arrives. Pruning reduces the amount of buds that share the food stores in the roots; therefore, each remaining bud will have more food available. If you prune deciduous shrubs during the summer season, the plants will grow slower next spring. Due to summer pruning, the number of total leaves is reduced, which means less food in the storage, which in turn causes slow growth in the upcoming spring.


We recommend pruning young shrubs and trees during the winter, which encourages fruit trees to grow more rapidly. For fully mature and overgrown deciduous shrubs and trees, you should aim to prune them during the summer season to reduce their growth speed. Too much pruning during the summer will stunt the growth, and pruning during the winter will cause a lot of water sprouts and suckers.


Pruning during late spring will neither slow down nor speed up the growth, so neglected plants should be pruned in this season. It is also the ideal time to prune fruit-bearing trees since you will have a good idea about the food-producing branches. It is also the best time to remove water sprouts and suckers.


As you can see, pruning is a complex process requiring intimate knowledge of various trees that grow on your lawn. If you are still confused and want professional help, we are here to help. Let us take care of your pruning and other gardening needs.

Warning Signs That a Tree May Fall

A lot of times homeowners don’t know that a tree on their property is going to fall over until it’s too late. Little do most know, your mature trees may be giving you a few signals before they fall over. Not preparing for a tree that’s ready to fall can cause serious damage to your property, or even worse- personal injury.

Sometimes trees can add value to a property, so you don’t always want to remove the tree from your property completely. Luckily, sometimes you can save a tree that is showing warning signs of yelling ‘timber’ in the future. You might ask “Well, what are the warning signs?” below we’ll take a look at the warning signs and see what you can do about them to maybe save your tree.

Trees That Lean

While trees don’t always grow completely vertical, there is a point where if it leans a little too much to one side or another it’s an early warning sign that the tree is ready to take a spill.

The danger signs of a tree that is leaning too far is cracked or displaced soil, especially on the opposite side of the lean. Also if the roots are exposed around the base of the tree. If the tree has any of these symptoms it may be a good time to call a landscaper to prune the branches, which entails removing dead or dangerous branches of a tree to re-distribute the weight across the tree better.

The Tree Has More Than One Trunk

A tree can be unstable if it has multiple trunks or splits on the trunk causing the weight to distribute in an unfavorable way. Good ways to tell is if there is a U or V shaped trunk somewhere in the tree, or you can clearly see cracks that extend deeply into the trunk.

Fixing this issue is another thing you are going to want to leave to the professionals as it can be dangerous. Calling a good landscaper to come and stabilize split trunks via cables is usually the first course of action. While it won’t reverse any of the damage, it will extend the life of the tree greatly.

Property Construction Can Harm Tree Roots

If you have recently done a larger construction project on your property such as putting up an addition or installing a driveway, surrounding trees could have had their roots compromised. Also, construction equipment can sometimes hit and damage tree bark opening  up the opportunity for tree disease or other infestations.

Signs of property construction tree damage can be damaged bark, less foliage, or seeing things such as mushrooms, ants, or other infestations at the base of the tree can indicate rot or decay. All of these can lead to an unstable tree that could potentially fall in the near future.

If your trees have been compromised by nearby construction and you suspect they may fall soon it’s important to find someone that can help prevent (or if it’s too late safely remove) the tree from falling.

Call a Landscaper

If you see any of these signs in trees surrounding your property, they could be trees that have a potential to fall and destroy anything in their path, including your home and vehicles. Since dealing with larger, mature trees can be very dangerous, it is advised to get into contact with an experienced landscaper to help you out.

Lola’s Landscape has been providing tree pruning and tree removal services to Franklin, MA and Norfolk County since 2009. We provide everything from tree removal all the way down to limb removal and stump grinding to keep your property looking pristine. We are also fully licensed and insured and our crew has many combined years of experience, so you know you’re getting the best tree services in Norfolk County.

If you have any questions about Lola’s tree services or suspect you have a tree that is showing warning signs of falling, don’t wait! Give us a call at (774) 248-4584 or fill out the form on this page for a free quote.




5 Reasons to Prune your Trees

Pruning is the process of trimming your trees and other shrubbery, in a form of preventative maintenance. Pruning is important because it alters the form and growth of trees or shrubs to keep them in a controlled state, many problems can be averted with proper pruning. Many times it can be hard for a homeowner to see when or why their trees need to be pruned, which is why it is important to have a professional regularly prune your tree.

Here are some of the top reasons to prune or trim your trees this season.

  1. Pruning can improve the overall health of your trees. By eliminating branches that are dead or dying you can help improve your trees’ health. Branches that are dead or dying can be dangerous and difficult to remove, it is important to get a professional to safely remove these branches as they can potentially harm your family or property if they fall.
  2. Trimming your trees branches can increase sun exposure and air circulation throughout the rest of you yard. If you have large trees that block the sun from underlying landscape it can prevent them from growing, by trimming these branches you can help improve the overall health of your landscaping.
  3. Pruning your trees will improve the overall appearance and structure of your tree. This will not only help your trees look better it will also keep them from developing broad or weak branches. Regular pruning prevents limbs from crossing each other and competing for space in the crown.
  4. Tree trimming can open up your property and improve your view. If you have a large tree with lots of branches trimming can help control them and allow for you to have a better view.
  5. One important time to prune your trees is when they are newly planted. Newly planted trees should be pruned to compensate for root loss and to begin training the shape of the tree.

At Lola’s Landscape, we provide full-service pruning from your largest trees to your smallest shrubs we will help maintain the health and natural beauty of your plants. Contact us today for your free estimate and to book your next pruning service.


Summer Pruning in Norfolk County

To control the growth of the branches and leaves of your tree or plant, pruning is a must! There are different seasons and times where pruning can take place; one of the prime times is at the end of summer.

The end of summer season is one of the best times for pruning because the plant or tree has already completed its seasonal growth.

When we perform this service, we are providing your plant with a slowing effect that reduces the total leaf surface; when we reduce the total leaf service, we reduce the amount of food and nutrients sent to the roots.

Why prune and why slow down the growth of your plants? Well, the short answer is that this service will help your trees and plants last longer, and it will remove any dead wood and branches.

Without this service, defective leaves and branches will be more noticeable, taking away the beauty of your plant or tree.

It also helps to enhance flowering!

Don’t wait too long to prune! After the summer season, we will not be offering our pruning services until winter time. Fall is the worst time to attempt this service because of the spread of fungi.

To schedule our summer pruning services, please give Lola’s Landscape a call at 774-248-4584.


Lawn Care in Norfolk County

For over four years we have been providing our lawn care services to cities and towns around the Norfolk County area.

Our landscape services can be anything from mowing, to tree removal, all the way to lawn repair and installation. Our expert landscapers will be sure to provide you with the best lawn services around!

The main goal, here at Lola’s Landscape is to go above and beyond all of our customers’ expectations. We are able to achieve this goal by using skilled and experienced landscapers, and always finishing a project on time, and within budget.

Taking care of your lawn is a lot of work, and a lot of people just don’t have the time to dedicate attention to their grass; this is where Lola’s Landscape comes in handy! We will help you with all of your landscaping needs!

For a free estimate, please feel free to give us a call at 774-248-4584.

Pruning in Bellingham MA

We received a call from a family in Bellingham MA, who told us that their plants and shrub life seems to be growing out of control. We sent a representative out to check out the plant life; he came to find that her bushes and trees needed to be tamed. He told her that one great way to tame bushes and trees is by a process called pruning,

We told them that pruning will help trim down the plant life, keeping it at a controlled, safer state. It will help control the size, stop unwanted fruiting, get rid of waterspouts, etc.

Most importantly, pruning helps keep your plant life healthy and prosperous. It will get rid of dead branches or stems infected by diseases, insect infestation, animals, or storms. We could tell that their plant life was destroyed by both diseases, and insects.

By cutting the branches and trimming down the brush, the plant life will begin to grow in a stronger, more healthy state.

Upon making the proper changes to their plant life, we told the family that we would be back in a couple of weeks to check on the status of their plants.

It is important that you take care of your plant life, for the sake of its health and appearance. If you have any questions, or concerns about your plant life, please feel free to give us a call at 774-248-4584. We are looking forward to helping you maintain a healthy plant life.

Mulching & Pruning in Norfolk County

Mulching and pruning are two very important components in lawn maintenance; lucky for you, the professionals at Lola’s Landscape provide these services to towns and cities in the Norfolk County area!

Let us begin with mulching; mulching will create a healthier soil, which will help your grass grow strong, and eventually help your grass gain that great green color. Mulch will help kill off those annoying brown spots, and weeds that grow during the summer months.

Because summer is here, and the weather is starting to get warmer and warmer, now is the time to think about getting mulch! Mulch will block sunlight from reaching the weeds; without sunlight weeds will inevitably die off.

With weeds no longer in the picture, sunlight and water can finally get to the soil. With more sunlight and water, the soil will be able to grow stronger, healthier grass. With a healthier soil, weeds and those ugly brown spots will be gone from your yard!

Now let’s hop on over to our pruning services. Pruning is a maintenance service, where we help harvest and grow strong plant life in your yard. This is often referred to a preventative service because it can help you avoid the many problems people encounter with their plant live when they don’t prune properly.

We will help keep your plant life in a controlled, more healthy state, that is safe for you and your plants. We will remove dangerous or dead branches, alter the size, remover waterspouts, and remove unwanted fruiting that takes away from the natural beauty of the plant.

One of the most important things to keep in mind is the health of the surrounding trees in your yard; you would hate to have a dead branch fall on top of your, or your neighbor’s car or house. We can help inspect your trees to make sure that there aren’t any potential dangerous branches.

It is that time of year again for our mulching and pruning services! Summer is here, and it is time to get your yard in tiptop shape for all those BBQs you will be hosting! If you have any questions about our landscape services, please feel free to give us a call at 774-248-4584. We are looking forward to helping you with all of your landscape maintenance needs!