What to Know about Pruning Shrubs and Trees for Summertime

May 24 2018
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Did you guys know that when I grew up my folks had a U-pick blueberry farm? Well it was my first summer job and I learned quite a bit about bushes, shrubs and pruning. The 5 acres of mature blueberries are still there and still flourishing under different hands now. I plan on asking them if I can buy a dozen plants soon to run along my deck because blueberries actually make lovely hedges! (The following is a sponsored post, for more information about my compensation please read my disclosure policy)

Summer pruning can have some great benefits for many larger shrubs and trees around your property. If you prune in the right way, then you will surely grow plants that are both healthy and look beautiful. It also cuts down on fallen leaves and keeps your yard and plants tidier. You can even direct the way that plants grow like this.

You should only prune your trees and shrubs if there is a good reason to do so. Don’t prune simply because no pruning has been done once in a while. You need to realize that not every shrub and every tree needs to be pruned, and if you prune in the wrong way or on the wrong plants, you can contort and damage your plants and thus cause weaknesses that can expose your garden to a wide range of pests and diseases.

So, how do you know if your plants need some pruning?

We have a list of guidelines for you to follow that tell when it’s necessary to prune shrubs and trees:

Summer pruning can have some great benefits for many larger shrubs and trees around your property. If you prune in the right way, then you will surely grow plants that are both healthy and look beautiful. It also cuts down on fallen leaves and keeps your yard and plants tidier.

How to Prune

When you prune, be sure to use suitable tools. This makes for safer and more enjoyable work.

 

Prune at the right time.

You don’t want to prune until your plant is done flowering or fruiting.

  1. If you prune too early, then you can damage or prevent flowers and fruits.
  2. If you prune too late, then you can stifle growth that would have led to new flowers and fruits.

You never want to prune a shrub back may more than a third at a time. You can prune young trees to shape them, but do not prune the trunk or main stem of the tree. That is where its growth comes from. Young trees are ones you have to be very careful with, and you want to prevent pruning off the lower side branches on those, since they help to create a strong, wide trunk.

Watch where you cut.

You should do your cutting above the bud or leaf node. That ensures that the tree will grow in that direction. Check where the leaf node points, since that is where the branches are going to grow.

You have to be careful not to tear the bark. In order to do that, cut branches about a foot from the trunk and about halfway through form the underside.

Then make the next cut from above and meet that cut on the underside. This will cut off the large limb and allow you to deal with the remaining nub much more easily.

Summer pruning can have some great benefits for many larger shrubs and trees around your property. If you prune in the right way, then you will surely grow plants that are both healthy and look beautiful. It also cuts down on fallen leaves and keeps your yard and plants tidier.

You need to make a final third cut on the outside of what is called the branch’s collar. This is at the trunk’s base on the swollen part. Never cut the collar itself, since that can open the tree up to disease and pest infestations.

When you prune houseplants, you should do so in the summertime. These grow slower than plants outdoors, so be careful not to over-prune them.

What are the benefits of pruning?

Without the shadow of a doubt, pruning can have an invaluable part of running a beautiful and healthy garden.

For larger trees, we would recommend you search online for a qualified NPTC tree surgeon such as centaurtreeservices.co.uk to ensure that such pruning is done safely and by professionals.




Summer pruning can have some great benefits for many larger shrubs and trees around your property. If you prune in the right way, then you will surely grow plants that are both healthy and look beautiful. It also cuts down on fallen leaves and keeps your yard and plants tidier.

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