As an aspect of land management, landscape pruning has to be timely, professionally done and should meet the intended purpose. Pruning is done on grass, shrubs, and trees. Well-trimmed plants appear attractive, healthy, and organized.
Reasons For Landscape Pruning
You might need to trim your plants for the following reasons:
- To improve home and office beauty and attractiveness
- To reshape and resize the plants
- To maintain plant health by cutting down dead, diseased, or deformed branches
- To promote flowering and fruiting in plants
You will require a few pruning tools. The tools will vary depending on plant size and what you want to achieve, e.g., shape, size, pattern, etc. Examples of landscape pruning tools are:
- Hand clippers to trim branches less than half an inch,
- Pruning shears
- Pruning saws e.g., arborist saw
- Hedge shears
Before you start trimming your plants, keep your safety first. Below are some preventive safety measures:
- Contract arborist experts for large branches
- Keep your pruning tools in good condition
- Be cautious of electricity lines
- Always wear protective clothing when working
Simple Pruning Techniques
If you are trimming a shrub or tree for the first time, adhere to these simple steps. First, prune all dead, broken, deformed, or diseased branches. Then, cut off traverse branches that knead together. Ensure that you make cuts just outside the inflamed branch neckband, as it is where the wound starts to heal. Do not damage the bark near the trimming spot. Don’t use small pruning equipment to cut branches too huge for the equipment to handle as this will injure or destroy the pruning tools.Do not leave any prune remnant as remnants proliferate into weak branches which are easily attacked by diseases.
In addition, never paint trim cuts; instead, leave the plant to use its defense mechanism to fight invasive microorganisms and heal up. Besides, painting has no benefit to the plant but causes more harm. Lastly, remember that even properly pruned leaves have physical wounds which impact the plant health outcomes. Remember, deciduous bushes produce new development from terminal buds or buds on the branch tips. These terminal buds produce chemical auxin, which controls the advancement and development of side buds lower on the branch. This development control is called apical strength and is most grounded in upstanding developing shoots.
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