What you need to know about Tree & Shrub Pruning.

Trees and Shrubs are beloved and commonly found in most homeowner’s yards. These trees and shrubs are an important feature of the presentation of the yard, as well as can be a benefit to the owner. Many of the chosen to be planted bear fruit, some are Evergreens and don’t need much trimming, and some are just nuisances that protrude in the wrong places in your yard. Here are some tips and tricks, and what you need to know about Tree and Shrub Pruning.

What is Tree and Shrub Pruning?

Trees and Shrubs like to grow wherever they wish, no matter what’s in their path. This might be near your fence, or near your house. This can pose a lot of problems for passersby and objects around that area. Trees and Shrubs often grow stray or twisted branches that can cause problems to the health of the plants, as well as can limit the production of fruit for fruit trees. Tree and Shrub pruning is correcting the tree or shrub to grow in the way that is desired, or to alter the shape of how the tree looks.

Pruning in the South West

Pruning in the South West can greatly differ from the rest of the states. In Arizona pruning can vary from no pruning to seasonal pruning. This all depends on the variety of the plants requiring the service. Some of the plants found here actually look best when they are natural and left alone, pruning could damage the plant permanently. Pruning for blooming plants should be done in late spring and early summer. One of the big pointers for flowering plants is to never shear them. This will sacrifice most blooming flowers, as well as ruin the structure of some shrubs. Pruning in the southwest should only be done if it is needed.

Pruning can maintain Safety

Not pruning your trees or shrubs can possibly pose a safety issue, as well as could damage parts of your lawn. Overhangs of branches could possibly break a window, break and fall onto a table, or possibly fall on top of a person or a car. There have been many cases where the overhangs of trees have landed on a moving car during a storm, or fallen on a person taking a walk. Low-hanging whip-like branches could also hit runners passing by. It is important to look from the perspective of how your tree can pose a safety problem on others as well as your property. Pruning your tree likewise is a very smart option to avoid these issues.

Pruning can boost a Tree or Shrubs Growth and Health

Trees or shrubs over time can grow in weird ways that limit their potential. A lot of these problems could be avoided, but there are a lot of ways to prune these trees that will allow them to grow in a more healthy way that will promote larger growth. Trees and Shrubs are seen to grow even more healthy when pruned. Removing branches that are diseased, pest-ridden, or just straight up damaged, will allow the tree to heal and not deal with those problems.

When should I Prune?

Pruning your tree or shrub early won’t harm the plant, but it could cause your trees to not bear fruit or sprout flowers. Timing is absolutely necessary when it comes to pruning your trees or shrubs. You should do all of your trimming or pruning after your tree is done bearing fruit or flowering for the season. This will promote better health and growth for the tree later in the year, as well as promote more blooming of flowers and fruit in the next. 

Spring Pruning

A lot of plants that do not bear fruit or flowers are best pruned in the early months of the spring before the leaves start to grow and set. After the heavy snowing seasons, the trees and shrubs start to become more lively and begin to grow greener. During this time, with the lack of leaves blocking the view of the branches, it is easier to spot broken or awkwardly growing branches. This allows for more accurate and efficient pruning. Pruning Evergreens are different compared to a lot of other trees. In their lifetime, they might only need printing once or twice, then it is best to leave them alone. If you have BroadLeaf or Conifer Evergreens, you might need to prune them before spring growth when they bloom

Different Types of Pruning

There are many different ways to prune your tree or shrub. Here are some of the more commonly used methods:

  • Pinching is one of the methods that doesn’t include any cutting. It includes pinching off the Terminal Bud(The tip of the shoot) to encourage bushy growth
  • Heading means cutting way farther back on the shoot from the terminal bud, and cutting lower. This encourages denser growth and allows the shrub or tree to grow more branches or shoots.
  • Shearing is cutting the tree or shrub into a spherical or square shape. This stimulates increased bud growth as well as dense growth on the entirety of the shrub or tree. 
  • Thinning a tree or shrub is the removal of large branches or small branches to the stem of the plant. This will lead to fewer shoots and less density of the entire shrub or tree.

Tree and Shrub pruning takes a lot of time and effort to give the plant what it needs. Most homeowners don’t have this amount of time to grab a ladder and do it themselves. Here at Lawn Care IQ, we offer professional Tree and Shrub pruning cost-effectively and with a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Get your FREE Quote today!!

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