Pruning: The Art Of Gardening


Anyone claiming to be a Gardening enthusiast knows how important pruning is and how much it affects the life-span or the health of the plants (trees). To an outsider, pruning may appear as a simple method of cleaning out the “undesired” part of the flower or garden trees, but in reality, pruning is a complicated and a carefully thought-out process. Pruning does not just involve clearing out extra branches or leaves to make your tree or flower appear more pleasant or exquisite. Pruning is rather a logical approach to grow your trees in the most efficient way possible.

Pruning can of course also contribute a lot in making the tree appear more beautiful and airy, but that is only the secondary purpose of Pruning. The primary purpose of Pruning is particularly associated with the tree’s growth, and this is precisely why proper pruning is so vital.

An efficient pruning involves two main components or procedures (if you will). The first component is to know how to prune and the second component is to know when to prune.

Both the “how” and “when” factor in pruning is primarily the most crucial factor in determining the final outcome of pruning. Hence, it is of utmost importance that you get these two factors right.


Know How to Prune

Sure, pruning is no rocket-science process, right? You see your mom/dad or your Gardner doing that all the time. How hard can it be? Just take a “pruning scissor” aka “pruning shears” and start removing any leaves or branches that seem out-of-order, right? Sadly, pruning isn’t that simple, and if you continue to prune by cutting the extra branches, well you’re probably better off playing odd-one-out in a newspaper or something. Pruning is a strategical approach, and an efficient pruning does not involve the removal of even a single branch without any significant purpose. The secret to properly prune in order to obtain the optimal result out of it involves some simple tips. These tips are as follows


  • Identifying the main trunk


What is the main trunk? Well, think of it as the main branch through which the tree gets maximum support also the tree’s primary and the strongest growing branch. If you somehow cut this without realizing it, you will put the whole tree’s growth in jeopardy, hence discouraging any further growth. It is, therefore, most vital to identify this main trunk to avoid cutting it.


  • Prioritize Cutting those Branches that shows Significant Signs of Damages


This is more of an obvious tip, but most even struggle to start when they first prune. Hence, the simplest way of determining if you should prune it or not depends on the health of that particular branch. No matter how big the branch appears, if it shows signs of decay or damage, it most probably means that the branch is not going to grow any longer or bigger, and in most cases, dead branches affect the growth of other branches as well, so start cutting the branches that appears weak or dead first


  • Don’t Cut the Branches too close to the trunk


If you access the branch that needs to be pruned, make sure that you prune effectively. In order to do that you need to cut only that portion of the branch that will yield the maximum result. If you cut the dead branch too closely or too far from the trunk, you may end up ruining your tree’s health instead. Cut the branch only at the point where the branch and the trunk interconnects; this gives the tree a minimal healing area to work with and also allows optimal tree growth possibility as well


  • Prune as minimal area as possible


Mostly the magnitude of pruning will depend on your situation, but in general, you should prune as little as possible to minimize the risk of discouraging your tree’s growth. With every single branch or even a leaf, you remove from your tree, it’s an open invitation for foreign substance/particles or insects to inhibit your tree. Hence, making minimal cut wounds allows your tree to be exposed to those foreign factors as little as possible. The main factor to keep in mind is not to exceed removing more than 25% of the tree branch.   


Know When to Prune

After knowing the basics of how to prune for the most effective result, it would be a shame if you ended up pruning at the wrong time, wouldn’t it? It is therefore as much vital to know the best suited time to prune as it is to know how to prune. “Pruning time” in general is a very vast subject that deals with the tree’s growth and their reaction to different weather condition. But in brief, pruning should always be avoided during the harsh winter. The cold weather and excess snow make it impossible for tress to heal up the “pruning wounds.” You can prune properly in the later stages of the winter season when the coldest duration has passed or even in summer.

But, again different trees react differently to pruning at different weather conditions. Hence taking the advice of professional tree removal companies such as can prove to be a better alternative          




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