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More Summer Pruning Tips

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 @ 02:08 PM  posted by admin

Pruning is one of the most beneficial things you can do for trees or gardens. Just keep in mind that it has to be undertaken very carefully. Pruning can help stimulate growth and the shape of trees, flowers and shrubs. Plants, like trees, require certain types of pruning techniques for them to remain strong and healthy. This is one of the reasons that pruning is sometimes best left to the experts. If pruned improperly, trees and plants can be severely damaged.

Tip #1. How much pruning is needed depends on how fast a tree or plant is growing. You also have to take into consideration how crowded the branches are. Removing dead or dying branches is always the best starting point. If you’re unsure if a branch is dead or alive, simply take your fingernail and scrape the bark. If it’s green under the bark, the branch is alive and well. A dying branch will appear brown or gray.

Tip #2. Conduct a little “thinning”. This removes branches that are splitting from the trunk. A pair of lopping shears will do nicely.

Tip #3. Conduct a little “shearing”. This takes some expertise because you’ll need to create formal hedges that are precise and even sided. Hedge trimmers will work nicely.

Tip #4. Conduct a little day-to-day pruning. This happens to be one of the simplest methods of pruning. All that is needed is a pair of shears to trim small branches and stems etc.

Tip #5. Never prune during heat waves and droughts. It will cause stress on your trees or shrubs. Wait until the temperature is moderate.

Tip #6. Never prune when it’s raining. You could become a human lightning rod, which can end up bad. To avoid fungal diseases, let your trees dry out for 48 hours at minimum.

Tip #7. Make it a point to always prune dead or dying branches or limbs. Dispose of the limbs in a plastic bag.

Tip#8. When pruning weeping trees, remember to vary the cut lengths. Make some shorter, and some longer. This gives the tree a natural and feathered look.

Tip #9. Always make sure to use clean landscaping tools. It’s not a bad idea to dip your tools into bleach before cutting on a new tree. Bacteria and disease can be easily spread.

We always admire those who get out into their yards for exercise. It’s a good thing to have pride in your yard’s appearance. However, we do suggest that you rely on professional arborist to assist when the going gets tough.

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