Pruning is one of the most commonly misunderstood aspects of landscaping maintenance. Too often, homeowners simply lop off branches without thinking about how to best help the plant. A lazy or uninformed landscape maintenance service will often take a similar approach by “shaving” bushes with an electric clipper. While this approach certainly creates a uniform shape, it harms the plant by forcing growth at the tips. Over time, this approach causes stagnancy at the center of each plant, which can be fatal. Therefore, careful pruning can help minimize the amount you must spend on replacement plants.