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The Official Landscape Company

of Mystic Seaport & Mystic Aquarium

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Tree Care Services
Installation, Pruning & Removal

Welcome to Sprigs & Twigs

Founded in 1997, Sprigs & Twigs, Inc. is an award-winning leader in the creation and care of beautiful outdoor living spaces throughout southeastern Connecticut, southern Rhode Island and surrounding communities. We are stewards of our environment specializing in organic and eco-friendly land care.

Ask The Landscape Professional

"Ask The Landscape Professional" is a weekly series by Master Gardener Linda K. Lillie, President and Senior Designer at Sprigs & Twigs. It is published weekly in The Day and other regional newspapers covering a variety of Landscape, Maintenance, Lawn Care, and Tree Care topics.

QUESTION:
My Rose of Sharon was beautiful but way out of control at 10' high. Two years ago it was pruned to 2.5 to 3 feet high. Now it looks ugly to me all winter. Does it look unnatural and weird to you? Should I just get used to it? How to re-prune it? Also, most of those large trunks have splits in them. Is that a problem? They do seem to be growing plenty of branches. Thank you. Cynthia

ANSWER:
Hi Cynthia,
I'm so sorry about your Rose of Sharon. It was pruned incorrectly. It was 'topped'. Tree topping is the practice of removing whole tops of trees or large branches and/or trunks from the tops of trees, leaving stubs or lateral branches that are too small to assume the role of a terminal leader. Over pruning reduces the foliage that's available for making food for the rest of the plant and can allow pests and diseases access to the tree, if cuts are made incorrectly. Plants may sp... (read more)

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I just wanted to express my thanks for the absolutely beautiful landscaping project you just completed at my house! I especially appreciate the extremely professional manner everything was handled from your initial consultation, design process and installation. Please extend my thanks to everyone on the team.

Ann

Dear Linda & Crew - Thank you for my beautiful & so much more than I expected landscape. I've been waiting a long time for this & now thanks to you and your company, I'm completely happy I chose you! Just what I needed - natural & unassuming. Great job! Well done to all of you!

Dee C.

Sprigs & Twigs is easy to work with and the people sincerely care about the client's garden and the work that they do. I am impressed by the punctuality, professionalism and hard work of the gardening crew. Additionally, they are knowledgeable in plants and their cultural requirements which is most important!

Joanne
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