Pruning plants with the right technique promotes flowering or fruiting, trains a plant to grow to a certain size or shape, and removes dead or diseased wood.
Waco, Texas (PRWEB) February 03, 2015
Hacking away at plants in the garden may seem like a dangerous plan, but careful pruning is necessary to keep plants healthy. Pruning plants with the right technique promotes flowering or fruiting, trains a plant to grow to a certain size or shape, and removes dead or diseased wood. But if gardeners don’t use proper pruning methods, there is a risk of causing more harm than good.
Depending on the type of plant and desired effect, gardeners should use various techniques to get the best results. To determine the best technique for pruning, consider these options:
- Thinning – Removes certain branches back to the main trunk or stem to reduce the density of the plant without reducing the height.
- Reducing – Reduces the height of the plant by removing larger branches down to smaller, lateral branches.
- Heading – Trims the growing tips of shoots to force new buds to grow and thicken the growth at the cuts.
For do-it-yourselfers, spending time learning quick tricks will make a world of difference. Here are a few general pruning tips from the experts at The Grounds Guys:
- Use sharp, sterile tools. Dull blades can shred branches and expose the surface area to insects and disease. Even, smooth cuts promote faster healing for plants.
- Cut judiciously. Make sure not to stress the plant by cutting more than necessary.
- Know when to prune. Different plants will benefit from pruning at different times of the year. For deciduous plants, a general rule is to prime spring-flowering shrubs after they bloom, typically in late spring or early summer, and summer flowering shrubs in late winter.
If you’d rather leave the ins-and-outs of pruning to the experts, or maybe you’ve gotten too shear-happy with your pruning, The Grounds Guys can help keep your plants on the right track to healthy growth. For more information on pruning, give their team of experts a call at 1-888-992-4251 or visit GroundsGuys.com. Their team of professionals is happy to assist in keeping their plants and landscaping looking beautiful.