What is Pruning?

What is Pruning?

Water and sunlight aren’t the only things plants need to thrive. Pruning might seem cruel, but cutting away branches, leaves, and roots can actually promote growth and rid the plant of disease. What is pruning? To prune a plant is to remove part of it. You might chop the dead branches from a tree after winter’s last frost or clip the brown leaves from a bush so the lost causes don’t shield the healthy leaves from sunlight. Sometimes even healthy plant parts need to be pruned. If branches have snapped in the wind or if the plant has become overgrown, pruning restores its health and helps improve its aesthetic appeal. What parts of a plant are pruned? Just about any part of a plant can benefit from pruning in the right conditions. However, following are some of the most common areas that require regular cutting: Branches are pruned from trees and shrubs, sometimes for health and sometimes for shape. Buds need pruning when they appear in unwanted places, often...

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5 Benefits of Pruning

5 Benefits of Pruning

You know that pruning is essential for a healthy garden, but do you understand the benefits of pruning? If you’re well-informed about how pruning impacts your garden, you’ll be more likely to do it correctly. 1. Eliminating Disease If part of a plant becomes diseased or infested with a parasite, culling that section protects the rest of the plant from infection. Flowers, trees, and shrubs often survive serious disease when the infected sections are removed quickly. 2. Cutting Dead Weight Dead branches, leaves, and other plant parts interrupt the flow of nutrients and moisture through the rest of the plant. They also add unnecessary weight to the stem or trunk. Removing those dead portions will expose lower areas to sunlight and allow the plant to receive adequate nutrition. Many plants die back during the winter, but they’ll flourish in the spring if they are properly pruned. 3. Shaping Branches You’re more likely to care for a garden when you find the plants and layout attractive. Shaping plants is an...

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Basic Pruning Tools to Explore

Basic Pruning Tools to Explore

If you’re new to gardening, it might take time to figure out which pruning tools work best in your garden. Exploring several types and brands will introduce you to how each product works. Following are the basic categories of tools you might need. Pruning Shears Shears are like giant scissors except they are used for cutting branches rather than paper. Each pair is made up of two blades operated by handles. There are three basic types of pruning shears to consider Hand-held shears (also called clippers) are small enough to be used with one hand, and are appropriate for smaller bushes, shrubs, and flowering plants. Lopping shears feature longer handles to create more leverage for larger branches. Hedge-cutting shears have flatter blades and shorter handles than lopping shears; they are used to trim the sides of hedges for a manicured appearance. There are also two types of hand-held shears. The bypass blades are used primarily for sharp cuts on living branches, leaves, and buds. If you need to cut...

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