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Pruning your Plants for Spring
Pruning plants intimidates gardeners. It shouldn't. Pruning is one of the best things you can do for the plants in your garden and landscape. When you can’t wait to get started in the garden, a good task to undertake is pruning. Most trees and shrubs benefit from annual pruning.
Pruning plants intimidates gardeners. It shouldn't. Pruning is one of the best things you can do for the plants in your garden and landscape. When you can’t wait to get started in the garden, a good task to undertake is pruning. Most trees and shrubs benefit from annual pruning. It keeps them in shape, gets rid of dead and diseased wood and encourages new growth. But not all trees and shrubs should be pruned early, especially some of the flowering ones. It is important to prune correctly so that the cut will allow for quick healing and promote vigorous growth from the closest bud to the cut.
What To Look For
Early spring bloomers set their flower buds the fall before. Pruning them early in the spring or fall would mean losing some blossoms. Most of the time this is not what you want. However there are exceptions. It’s often easier to prune when you can see the shape of the plant, before the branches are masked by leaves. Trees and shrubs that are in need of a good shaping could sacrifice a few blooms to be invigorated by a fall or spring pruning.
The general rule to pruning is to always cut in a location where growth will occur, whether the cut is next to a bud or another branch. Cutting a branch beyond where growth will occur will prevent the plant from forming a callus over the cut surface, which in turn will invite insects and infection. It effectively kills all portions of that branch back to the closest branch, bud, or dormant bud clusters, leaving a stub of dead wood. The withered stub will eventually rot away and fall off. All cuts should be relatively smooth since this will aid in healing.
Most plants benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. The trick is in knowing when to prune what.
- A great many flowering and fruiting plants prefer to be pruned while they are dormant, in late winter through early spring.
- Some, like spring blooming trees and shrubs, will start setting new buds as soon as the old buds have fallen. These will need to be pruned shortly after flowering, or you risk pruning off the new buds with the old.
- And still other plants need to be continually pruned and deadheaded, to remain vigorous and in flower.
- The first thing you need to consider is the best tool for the job. Sharp, clean tools not only make the job of pruning plants easier, they are crucial to keeping your plants healthy.
The four basic tools required for pruning most plants are: hand pruners, loppers, shearers and saws.