Proper Pruning for Happy Plants – 5 Reasons to Prune

Wrong shrub pruning

Don’t do this to your plants

With Spring here, generic viagra  your plants will be growing again. And, that means that it’s time to start pruning.  Although it should be a simple task, there is a right way and a wrong way to trim your plants.

First, you should know why you want to prune your plants?  Here are the reasons for pruning:

  • To remove broken or dead branches.
  • To reduce the size of the plant.
  • To create a more balanced looking plant.
  • To get the plant to flower more or produce more fruit.
  • To take off straggling long branches.

Oftentimes, landscapers are requested to “shape” shrubs into a manicured look.  This is often done to give the plant a formal look and can show a client that the plant has been trimmed.  This is usually not good for the plant.  Continuous trimming and shaping makes it difficult for a shrub to photosynthesize and create flowers.  So, you don’t get much blooming and the shrub can become woody with a small amount of leaves.

A better option is to keep shrubs in a more natural shape.  This doesn’t mean that the plant should be left to grow out of control.  It just means that the plant can grow to an appropriate size and shape for the type of plant it is.  The most beneficial thing you can do for a plant is to “plant the right plant in the right place.”  Putting a seven to ten foot tall plant next to a window that people want to be able to look out of is a bad idea.  The plant is definitely the wrong one for that spot.  And, planting a cactus with thorns next to a sidewalk creates a danger to pedestrians.  Getting it right from the start and considering the mature size and shape of the plant before planting allows you to have a plant that can grow to be healthy and look good for years to come with minimal care.

Plants can be trimmed to be natural but neat and manageable. Using hand pruners or loppers will often be all that is necessary for the job.  Keep your plants happy and think before you trim.

Deborah Munoz-Chacon

Sonoran Oasis Landscaping

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