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If you want to ensure the shrubs and trees on your property look their best, the team at All Season Tree Service can help. Our full-time, experienced arborists provide tree shaping and shrub shaping services for residential and commercial customers in Edmonton and the surrounding areas. In addition to boosting your property’s curb appeal, this type of regular maintenance will help keep your trees and shrubs healthy for years to come. Contact us today to request a free estimate or to book a service call!


In general, shrub shaping can be viewed as a fairly straightforward task. However, practicing restraint and not taking too much off the plant can be difficult. This is a problem because removing too much growth in one shot can actually stunt the plant’s growth or kill it outright. When shaping a shrub, it’s important to distinguish between primary, secondary, tertiary and new leaf growth, as all of these are essential to the plant’s health and longevity

At All Season Tree Service, our arborists have the tools and training to carefully shape your shrubs in a way that complements their natural growth pattern. This is done by considering each shrub’s unique features to help it maintain strong stems and healthy foliage.

Additionally, highly stylized shaping such as bonsai, pollarding and topiary requires a keen eye for detail and should be left to experienced professionals.

Manicured Garden
Styled Garden


Tree shaping isn’t simply an artistic expression; it’s a science. You can’t start lopping off branches without considering a few things. For example, all trees are genetically programmed for a certain profile, height, width and branching pattern. In addition, each tree species has its own optimal time of year to be shaped. For example, shaping certain species during their winter dormancy period can result in quick, lush growth come spring.

At All Season Tree Service, our arborists will only make cuts that support the natural features of your trees to preserve their health, longevity and natural character. By working with our team, you can express your personality and improve your property’s curb appeal while also keeping your landscaping lush and healthy.

Having your trees and shrubs shaped regularly ensures excess limbs and foliage don’t weigh down the plant and take away from its beauty. In addition, shaping can ensure your trees and shrubs don’t begin to lean or fall as they age. This is crucial to keeping your property safe and preventing damage.

Finally, if you want to add value to your home or business and make it look more inviting, beautifully shaped trees and shrubs are the way to go. As a homeowner, you’ll be the envy of the neighbourhood, and as a business owner, you’ll make a great first impression on your customers.



Shaping trees and shrubs is an essential part of landscape maintenance, and it involves pruning and trimming to achieve the desired form and size. Proper shaping enhances your garden's aesthetics, promotes plant health, and encourages new growth. Here are some tips on how to shape trees and shrubs effectively:


  • Know the species: Different trees and shrubs have distinct growth patterns and requirements. Understanding the specific species you have will help you determine the best pruning techniques and the ideal time to prune.

  • Timing: It's crucial to prune at the right time. For flowering trees and shrubs, pruning should be done after they bloom. Late winter or early spring (dormant season) is generally the best time to prune deciduous trees. Evergreen trees can be pruned in late winter or early spring as well but avoid late summer or fall pruning as it may encourage new growth that won't harden before winter.

  • Use the right tools: Invest in good-quality pruning tools. These include hand pruners, pruning saws and loppers. Clean and sharpen them regularly to ensure clean cuts that promote plant healing.

  • Start with dead or diseased wood: Remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches. These should be your top priority, as they can negatively impact the complete health of the tree or shrub.

  • Prune for structure: Aim to create a well-balanced and open canopy that allows sunlight and air circulation to reach all plant parts. Remove crossing branches, crowded growth, and any branches that grow inward towards the plant's center.

  • Consider the natural shape: Work with the tree's or shrub's natural growth habit. Avoid excessive pruning that could harm the plant or alter its natural shape unattractively.

  •  Avoid over-pruning: Never remove more than one-third of the plant's foliage in a single season. Over-pruning can weaken the plant and make it more susceptible to diseases and pests.

  • Prune strategically: Focus on the tips of branches and make clean cuts just over a node or lateral branch. This encourages new growth in the right direction.

  • Step back and evaluate: Step back frequently to assess your progress from different angles as you shape the tree or shrub. This will help you avoid over-pruning and maintain a balanced appearance.

  • Practice safety: If you need to use a ladder to reach higher branches, ensure that the ladder is stable and that someone is around to help stabilize it if needed. Wear appropriate security and safety gear, such as gloves and eye protection.

  • Mulch and water: After pruning, apply mulch around the tree/shrub base to retain moisture and regulate soil temperature. Water the plant adequately, especially during dry periods, to aid in recovery and new growth.

Remember that shaping trees and shrubs is an ongoing process. Regular maintenance and shaping will help keep your landscape healthy and beautiful. If you are unsure how to prune a specific tree or shrub, call in All Season Tree Service!


Our shrub shaping services are tailored to transform your outdoor space into a captivating and well-groomed oasis. With expert knowledge of various shrub species and a keen eye for design, our team of skilled professionals will meticulously prune and trim your shrubs, creating harmonious shapes that complement your landscape. From enhancing plant health to maximizing visual appeal, our dedicated approach ensures your shrubs flourish, leaving you with a stunning and impeccably manicured garden you can be proud of. Trust us to shape your shrubs to perfection and elevate the beauty of your property.


The terms trimming and shaping are often used interchangeably. However, while they both encourage healthy growth, they aren’t the same thing. Here’s an overview of each technique:

  • Trimming. This practice generally consists of removing the tips of branches and excess growth from the outermost part of a shrub or tree. This is done to give the plant a tidy and manicured appearance. Trimming may involve pruning dead branches or cutting back a few inches of unruly growth to help improve the plant’s health and promote longevity.

  • Shaping. This practice consists of growing and pruning trees and shrubs into ornamental shapes by encouraging branches to grow in a particular way. This type of tree work is done primarily for decorative purposes and can transform the look of ordinary outdoor spaces.

In short, trimming focuses on removing overgrown limbs and branches that might otherwise prevent the tree or shrub from thriving. Shaping, on the other hand, focuses on aesthetics and enhancing the overall appearance of the plant.

Learn More: Which Trees Benefit The Most From Shaping?



If you want to transform the shrubs and trees on your property into eye-catching art pieces, look no further than All Season Tree Service. We offer expert tree and shrub shaping services for residential and commercial customers in Edmonton, Beaumont, Fort Saskatchewan, Leduc, St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain, and all the surrounding areas. Our professional arborists understand what it takes to keep trees and shrubs vibrant, manageable and looking their best. Contact us today for a free estimate.


We have the expertise to help with all of your tree-related issues.

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