Why Prune?

Why Prune?


PRUNING CAN PREVENT:

  • Broken branches. Unsightly and possibly hazardous.
  • Diseased Branches. May spread blight to other growth or trees in the area.
  • Crowded Branches. Impede light and food sources, stunting growth.
  • Non-symmetrical shape. Poor appearance.
  • Unhealthy Plants

Pruning is the oldest and easiest way to control the size, growth, beauty, health and to renew or increase production of your plants.

Gardeners who become savvy users of fine pruning tools soon see the value of cutting back and shaping by culling unwanted and inferior parts, when the season rewards their good efforts with bursts of lush new growth. This guide will put you on the right track. It is important to have clear objectives before you begin to prune. Understanding how plants respond and the proper time to prune is essential. Additionally, it is important to know which tools to use to make the correct pruning cuts.

Prune diseased, dead or damaged wood to maintain healthy plants. When cutting out diseased wood such as fungal canker or fire blight, the cut must be made in good, healthy wood, below the point of infection, with a sterile cutting tool. When planting a tree or shrub, you should prune to remove broken, pest-infested or crossing branches.

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