Summer is here and while I know many of us would love to travel and maybe hit the beach, it's definitely difficult with everything that's going on. Many people also aren't even considering traveling right now and since people have been staying home so much, they started to really notice some things they've had on their To-Do lists for a while. Lists with yardcare have been quite popular as many people are enjoying the outdoors even when they are stuck at home, and I say this because May was the busiest month we've seen in a long time and there's still plenty to do during June!
Also known as a Firethorn, Pyracantha are evergreen shrubs that are wonderful for year round interest and coverage to the landscape either as a hedge - height, width, and depth - or as an espalier (right) - just height and maybe some width against a supporting frame. They also produce little white flowers in the spring and red, orange or yellow berries in the cooler months, which makes them a magnet for birds and wildlife when food is scarce.
Now, Pyracanthas are typically quite thorny which can make pruning a bit difficult for those who don't do it often and, if left for too long, the shrubs can become quite unruly and a possible hazard depending on their location. One of our customers had trimming on her list as she was experiencing this first hand as you can see in the pictures below. The shrubs were partially blocking her mailbox, her front gate and were growing out under her carport and towards any vehicles that might be parked there.
While it does take a little while to reach this point, it can be easily handled by trimming the plant to shape. If you want to hard prune - when you really cut a plant back and/or down - the shrub, we recommend confining that to the Spring and the late Autumn, even though Pyracanthas are hardy enough that they can technically handle trimming at any time.