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Tips for Pruning Plants

Tips for Pruning Plants

Pruning plants takes on many forms. Here are a few helpful pro tips!

When one begins to garden, one realizes that tending plants can be both an art and a science. There are many different techniques and tasks required for taking care of all your trees, shrubs, and plants, and one of the most helpful of these tasks is pruning. Below are some key beginner’s tips for pruning plants.

When to Prune Plants

The best rule of thumb for when to prune plants of all kinds is after it finishes flowering or fruiting. After it goes dormant for the season, you can prune it as necessary so it can have the most time to regather energy for next year’s flowering and fruiting season. However, if you are training a topiary plant or want to produce more blooms, you should prune the plants mid-season.

How to Prune Plants

From every branch or leaf shooting off from the main shoot, there is a node, a bud waiting to grow in case the old branch is cut off. When pruning plants, trees, or shrubs, one can prune above this node close to the main shoot for the cleanest trim. 

Meanwhile, tip-pruning or pinch-pruning usually involves pinching off the top buds on a plant with one’s finger and thumb, or shears if it is a larger plant. Pinching the very top of the shoot encourages the plant to create multiple branches out of the pinched area, resulting in a fuller plant and more blooms.

Deadheading is the removal of dead flowerheads, which prevents disease and keeps your garden free of an abundance of new seedlings come next spring.

For some plants, you might want to give them a regular haircut. If you are keeping a topiary hedge, you can trim it once a month to keep it in shape. If it is a flowering species, you can give it a trim after it flowers.

Protecting Pruned Plants

After pruning your plants, it is important to clear away the trimmed off branches, especially away from the very plant they were trimmed from. Letting discarded branches sit around the plant’s base can cause the original plant to suffer greatly from disease. You can further prevent disease by disinfecting your gardening tools. 

It is also important to keep the plants well-hydrated, which one can do by watering generously and mulching the base. As one can see, there is a lot that goes into pruning plants alone. If you need a professional to take care of it for you, call Michael Bryan Landscapes!

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