Pruning Landscape Trees and Shrubs

Pruning is just a simple procedure to improve the health, quality, and value, of your landscape plants near your home or industry landscape. Typically, a landscape plant is designed to be planted in a certain space within the home setup. Pruning is often needed to control the landscape plant and keep it within its desired space. Most landscape owners do not handle their simple pruning in the early stages of a plant’s growth. This can often be the most crucial time to keep up with the tree or shrub’s correct development, shape, and area within the landscape.

When should I prune my trees?

The best time for pruning depends upon the plant.

  • Trim early-spring flowering shrubs directly after they bloom.
  • Clip summer blooming plants in winter or early in the spring.
  • Trim nonflowering plants after fresh growth.

You may also do very light trimming throughout the year.

General Shrub Pruning

Harmed, dead or fallen limbs can be a bother to shrubs and plants as they lure insects. These stems need to be removed when you notice them. The main thing you need when pruning is strategy. Remove new growth you don’t want and thin out certain spots on the thick outer shell. The inner limbs still need air and sun, so prune back along the branch directly above new growth or underneath the plant. You will not want electric trimmers for this. Trimmers just top the shrub, which promotes new growth near the cut. Cut even further back to stimulate growth along the limbs.

A few things you need to keep in mind include:

  1. Make sure you have a plan as to what you want the landscape to look like in the end.
  2. Make sure that all of your pruning tools are sharpened- Dull clippers, hedge trimmers, hand pruners, and hedge shears will make a rough cut
  3. Always be mindful of electric lines.
  4. Never climb a tree without having a safety rope, even when you have a ladder.
  5. Keep fingers out of the way when using hand clippers, and wear eye protection while pruning.