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When to Prune
Time the perfect pruning will be based upon the shrub.
- Summer-flowering plants should be clipped in winter or early spring.
- For non-flowering plants, trim after new growth has completely formed.
- Trim early-spring-flowering shrubs right after they bloom.
Light trimming throughout the year is also applicable.
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Pruning promotes growth, by removing the excess weight of diseased and diseased branches. While allowing light and air to reach the plant. Damaged, dead or diseased stems can spread through shrubs like cancer, as they attract insects. Removing these branches will dramatically impact the overall health of you shrubs.
Before you start your journey of making your neighbors jealous, try to put a tarp at the base of your work site to advance your clean up and reduce your overall time in the hot summer days.
General shrub pruning
Start off with removing unwanted growth, then reduce bulk foliage on perimeter of plant material. Getting air and sunlight to the inner limbs is very important.
Remove Watersprouts, small limbs that grow vertically on dominant branches and suckers, small branches that grow at the base of the trunk . Both take nutrients away from the desired portion of the plant.
Located all dead limbs near the base of shrub, remove with hand snips. The goal is to allow sunlight to reach every part of plant. Try not to cut any more than ⅓ of a shrub a year, to reduce shock. Creating these holes are the way to make your plants fuller and stronger.
Formal shrub pruning
Bush such an Ilec can be shaped for a more formal look. First, start with general trimming as described in the content above.
To produce a straight hedge line, try using stakes and a string with a level for the most accurate results. As an alternative use a building, fence or any other object near your hedges.
Hedge and shrub trimming tips:
- A hedge trimmer with a pivoting cutting head and with extended reach simplifies trimming tall shrubs and hedges including hard to reach areas.
- Pruning overgrown shrubs it is best to start with the thickest branches first.
- Hand pruners have the best advantage will smaller branches upwards to an inch. If you have branches that exceed 1 in and is less than 2 inches a long-handled loppers give you leverage needing to complete this task.
- Make sure your cuts are as clean as possible to reduce healing time.