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Electric pruning has its place and is appropriate for many situations, maintaining ideal health for many plants and shrubs requires hand pruning. Pruning, like any skill, requires training, practice, and expertise. You can’t just pick up a pair of shears, start loping off branches, and hope to get ideal results. 

Has the look of your trees and shrubs become a bit unruly? Have you thought about grabbing your shears and tackling the job yourself? You might want to reconsider that, and here’s why.

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The Importance of pruning

Trees and shrubs are some of the heartiest landscaping plants. However, in an urban or suburban environment, they still need some human assistance to live a long, healthy life.

As healthy trees and shrubs continue to grow, they require proper pruning. In addition to improving their appearance, there are a few other reasons to properly prune landscaping plants:

  • Plant health – Pruning rids a plant of damaged, diseased, dying, or dead branches. If not addressed, these can become entry or build-tup points for pests and plant diseases, which could spread to the rest of the plant.
  • Protecting family and property – Proper pruning to remove damaged or dead branches prevents them from falling unexpectedly. This helps protect your home’s roof, cars in the driveway, backyard patios, and kids’ play areas, not to mention your family members.
  • Training plants – Proper regular pruning can help develop and nurture tree and shrub aesthetics. This helps the plants maintain a desired size and shape and to fit into a desired spot in the landscape. It will also help prevent the plant from shading nearby plants, which could slow the neighboring plant’s growth.

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What and when to prune?

If you are a homeowner who is thoughtful about the care and maintenance of your landscaping, you have probably asked yourself the question, “What should I prune and when?”

Most people only prune their trees and shrubs when they begin to look unruly. While aesthetics certainly plays a part, some factors must be considered to properly prune trees and shrubs. For this reason, it is rarely as simple as grabbing your shears and spending an hour or two cutting.

What to prune and when can be very specific to each plant in your landscaping. Some plants respond better to selective cuts, while others are more forgiving of a general, overall trimming.

There are also several methods of pruning, each dependent on the objective, and type of plant.  They include thinning, topping, raising, and reduction.

The type of tools used in pruning is important as well. Pruning shears, lopping shears, and hedge shears are all different types of pruning tools used for specific purposes.

With all these factors in mind, pruning can be thought of as both an “art and a science.”

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If you are a homeowner who is thoughtful about the care and maintenance of your landscaping, you have probably asked yourself the question, “What should I prune and when?”

Most people only prune their trees and shrubs when they begin to look unruly. While aesthetics certainly plays a part, some factors must be considered to properly prune trees and shrubs. For this reason, it is rarely as simple as grabbing your shears and spending an hour or two cutting.

What to prune and when can be very specific to each plant in your landscaping. Some plants respond better to selective cuts, while others are more forgiving of a general, overall trimming.

There are also several methods of pruning, each dependent on the objective, and type of plant.  They include thinning, topping, raising, and reduction.

The type of tools used in pruning is important as well. Pruning shears, lopping shears, and hedge shears are all different types of pruning tools used for specific purposes.

With all these factors in mind, pruning can be thought of as both an “art and a science.”

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