Pruning Trimming

Pruning is the practice of selective removal of dead or damaged plant parts, like branches, buds, or roots. People prune because it help keep plants healthy. Proper pruning results in the visual enhancement of your plant(s). Improper pruning techniques can ruin the potential of your landscape. Often times it is better not to prune then to prune incorrectly. By using improper pruning methods, plants are often weakened or deformed. Pruning, along with any other skill requires knowing what you are doing. 

Pruning should follow a definite plan. Consider the purpose before you begin cutting. When pruning start at the origin of the dead or damaged limb. No further pruning is necessary. Next you should make any training cuts that are needed. By cutting back the lateral branches the plant can be trained to grow in a desired shape or way. Be sure to avoid destroying the plants natural growth habit. Pruning can actually be done at any time of the year; However the recommended times vary for each plant type. Pruning at the wrong time of the year does not kill plants, but over time it will start to weaken the plant. 

The least desired time is after the new growth develops in spring. A large amount of food in the roots and stems is used in developing new growth. Properly pruning is important but using the proper tools is just as important. Make sure you use a tool that is sharp and clean that will get the job done correctly. The four basic told for pruning are shears, loppers, hand pruners, and saws. When pruning always make sure to disinfect your blade after each cut to avoid spreading the disease to the rest of the plant. Clean and oil tools frequently, including wiping an oily cloth on the blades. Treat wooden handles with linseed oil. Do not twist or strain pruners or loppers. Do not cut wire with 

To speed up the healing of wounds, be sure to make a good clean cut. This requires good sharp pruning equipment. Most plants fall into 2 categories based on the arrangement of the buds on the twigs and branches. In general, the bud arrangement determines the plants natural growth habit. Buds may have an opposite arrangement of the twigs. Buds with opposite arrangements is most often rounded, pyramidal, inverted pyramidal, or columnar in shape. The position of the last pair of buds determine the direction of the new shoot will grow.