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Simple Pruning Tips

Written by Anne Marie DiMatteo | Tue, May 08, 2012

Find some time and get outside in your yard to spruce up your garden beds, trees and shrubs! Pruning is one of the best ways to clean up your yard and with our simple tips you will avoid the common mistakes and misunderstandings over pruning.

1. WHEN?- Understand when to prune.

Late winter is the preferred time for pruning many trees and shrubs because they are dormant, which makes it easier to see what needs to be pruned. Late winter or early spring is good as well,  It also promotes fast regrowth in spring. Trees and shrubs that bloom in the spring should be pruned after they finish flowering. Summer is the best time to remove dead branches. The biggest take away is to refrain from fall pruning because it stimulates new growth that could be killed by a cold winter.

2. HOW?- Choosing the right tool.

May sound obvious, but many gardeners forget to clean their old garden tools. It is very important to clean and sharpen tools before the season begins. Selecting the right-size tool for the branch you want to prune will avoid damage to the plant and the tool.

3. WHERE?- Cutting correctly.

Holding the thinner, upper cutting blade closer to the trunk or main stem, make a clean cut without tearing at the bark. Try to avoid leaving a stub because it will become an entry point for pests and diseases.

 

For more quick gardening tips, check out the article: How to Gardening Tips- Garden Advice for Everyone!