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How To Prune Properly

Posted by San Diego Landscaper on Wednesday, 29 July , 2015

Pruning is essential in order to have full, healthy trees and shrubs. However, pruning is more often done wrong than right! This particular skill takes practice and an understanding of how to use pruning equipment in order to avoid harming your valuable plants. Juniper Landscape Company in San Diego offers pruning help for those who prefer to allow a professional to handle their landscaping.

Juniper Landscape Company offers the following tips for those who are considering pruning their own trees and shrubs:

  • Know the right time. There is a right time of year for each plant when pruning gives the optimal results. That time is not necessarily the same for each of your plants, so do a little research to determine when it is best to prune.
  • Have the right equipment. You do not have to invest in much expensive equipment in order to prune well, but you should buy quality tools. At a minimum, you will need pruning shears and lopping shears. Pruning shears have a short handle, while lopping shears are long; some have telescoping handles to allow you to reach high branches. If you have very tall trees, you may want to invest in a combination pole saw pruner, although it is very important that you learn how to use this tool properly to avoid injury.
  • Prune in the right spot. Pruning does not mean just lopping off any branches you do not want. It means finding the right spot to make your cut. Experts advise that you choose a spot just above a terminal branch of at least half the diameter of the branch you are cutting, and make a 45-degree cut at that point. Angled cuts help prevent water from accumulating in the cut area and causing rot or mold.
  • Prune hedges and shrubs carefully. The rules that apply to large trees are not the same for smaller shrubs and hedges. These will need all the “sucker” growth removed in order to grow luxuriously and fully. It is important to visualize the shape in which you want the bush to grow so that you can prune accordingly. Bad pruning will result in a poorly-shaped shrub that will be difficult to bring back to its ideal shape.

Sometimes it is best to allow experts to handle your pruning. Juniper Landscape Company is ready to help. Whether you have been pruning your own hedges or have no idea how to begin, give us a call. We will ensure that your yard looks beautiful!

Juniper Landscape Company is a provider of professional landscaping services in San Diego, we strive to make San Diego a beautiful place by doing business with integrity and creativity.


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