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A Guide to Pruning Trees


The Importance of pruning for the well-being and beauty of a tree really cannot be overstated. Pruning allows the gardener to cut off excess limbs and dead wood, simultaneously getting the plant to grow in the way they like and that looks visually pleasing and ensuring that the plant is very healthy due to the elimination of dead wood. Pruning usually gives people all kinds of concerns, they are afraid to over prune and damage the plant. This is a baseless fear because pruning a plant is actually quite easy and should be part of the skillset of any gardener or arborist. Pruning a plant is the best way to encourage new growth in a plant as well as to get it to flower.

When you trim your trees and shrubs, the elimination of diseased, damaged, and deceased material promotes airflow and healthy development.  It also helps to develop out-of-control plants and boosts their general health. Pruning is a very straightforward process as long as you tackle the activity with the appropriate equipment and during the appropriate season for each plant type. If you aren’t a confident gardener or arborist just yet, don’t worry, if you need any tree trimming or lopping work done, simply get in touch with lopping trees, they employ only the best technicians.

When pruning, be sure to make clean cuts to avoid damaging your plant. Unless otherwise specified, all cuts must be done on the collar of the branching stem. When the stem and any additional branches that may be sprouting are protected, it helps the tree to recuperate more quickly and efficiently.

The three-cut procedure should be used to avoid damaging the bark: To begin, make a tiny wedge-shaped incision beneath just below the collar’s edge. After that, cut the branch a few inches from this wedge that you just made, leaving a small stub where the branch used to be. The last step involves cutting at the stem collar and cutting as near to the trunk as feasible. By cutting at the stem collar, the pruning looks a lot better, and it allows the tree to recuperate far quicker.

Make use of the appropriate tools: loppers are excellent for pruning trees, climbing vines, and huge bushes. Long-handled loppers give far more leverage with less effort while making heavy-duty cuts. With a single sharp blade, anvil blades are great for rough cuts of rotted wood and dry, tough, old growth that is difficult to remove with other tools. 

Think for a minute about the plant’s size: pruning shears ought to be used for cuts up to 3/4-inch thickness, lopping shears for cuts up to 1 1/2 inches in thickness, and pole saws for limbs up to 4 inches in thickness. You must use the correct type of equipment for different types of pruning tasks. Flowering plants should have their spent flower blossoms pinched off before being pruned. This is referred to as “deadheading.” Don’t delay action until a plant has become overgrown. Pruning should be done regularly as part of your garden’s normal upkeep.

Soraya Benitez
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