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Basics of Pruning

Basics of Pruning:
Clear Cut Facts

Most people think that when it comes to things like pruning bushes and pruning shrubs, they have the basics of pruning pretty down pat. Yes, they know that pruning involves maintaining the appearance and health of a plant by trimming parts of it away, but apart from picking up a pair of pruning shears every now and again when things start to look a little out of hand, most people never give the basics of pruning much thought. By consulting with a landscaping maintenance professional with experience in tree and shrub maintenance, you’ll gain a better understanding of when and if to start cutting things down.

Spring Shape-Up

One of the most essential basics of pruning is knowing that pruning your shrubs and bushes in the spring is key in ensuring that they thrive. Spring is generally the time of new growth, and by pruning these young plants, you’re actually training the plant’s main structure to become stronger and produce a heartier, healthier growth. Younger plants are also easier to shape than they will be later on, when they’re more mature and have bigger branches.

Spring is also the time that dead winter limbs and branches need to be removed. By pruning these back, new growth is given space, and the overall health of the trees and shrubs will be greatly improved.

If you have flowering or fruiting bushes and shrubs, pruning them in spring will help stimulate flowering and fruit production, sometimes even resulting in the earlier growth of flowers and larger fruit.

Making the Cut

Naturally, how you prune is one of the basics of pruning that should never be overlooked. Because it cuts into the plant, pruning actually wounds the plant and causes it to begin a healing process to close up the wound and repair the damage. If a plant is pruned incorrectly or too deeply, it may not be able to fully recover; so be sure not to cut too closely to the trunk, where those cuts will most likely damage the bark, the branch collar, and the branch bark ridge, all of which are protective of the inner part of the plant and play an essential role in keeping the plant from becoming vulnerable to rot and decay.

Don’t cut the health of your trees and shrubs short! Consult with the team at Executive Landscaping, Inc., today!