Tips from Olle Garden Bed: Pruning Trees and Shrubs

Learn more about the right time to trim trees and shrubs in your yard
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When Your Trees and Shrubs Start to Look Messy, It's Time to Cut Their Hair

Pruning gives healthy branches room to grow. The roots of plants can provide more nutrition because there is less to feed. Pruning also ensures that trees or shrubs can focus on flowering and producing fruit or nuts, not just leaves. A little pruning can also remove unhealthy branches from plants, which may be the entry point of diseases. Follow these simple steps to learn how to trim trees and shrubs yourself.


Pruning During Sleep

In winter or early spring, when your trees are dormant and new buds have not yet formed, please take out your pruning shears. In winter, there is no obstacle of leaves or flowers, so you can better understand the shape of plants. In spring, after the leaves germinate, you can remove any sucker growth seen around the base, but do not trim the rest of the trees or shrubs, because the new leaves are too young, which can supplement the energy needed for trimming. If you have a bush that blooms in spring, trim it after the flowers have completely faded. If your shrubs bloom in summer, please trim them in late winter or early spring.

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Look at The Weather

It is best to prune on mild and dry days, so that the cold and wet environment will not affect the newly pruned plants.

Refine Those Branches

The idea is to eliminate growth that seems weak, structurally incorrect, overlapping, or overcrowded. When they don't have to compete so much for space and nutrition, your health branch will be healthier. Sparse branches allow more trees or shrubs to absorb sunlight and help control their shape. It can also prevent a tree from exceeding its space in your landscape and invading the turf of other plants.

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Where To Cut

Trim trees and shrubs back to the trunk or another branch. You can also trim any outward facing buds. Make sure to use sharp pruning shears and start cutting as close to the branches as possible - in other words, avoid cutting down plants. If you want to trim to reduce the size, be sure to make the plant look more natural by trimming the branches to different lengths.

Follow The Leader of Your Tree

Observe what your trees and shrubs do during the growing season after pruning. The way they grow or do not grow will help guide your next pruning. Always follow the way plants naturally want to grow.