Pruning trees, bushes, or even large plants can be a major task. Many of us are only motivated when the vegetation is in our way, whether it’s too close to an overhead wire (that’s really a job for a professional, though) or shading the kiddie pool, or dropping debris all over the deck. And sometimes we prune because the tree or plant looks diseased and we want to save it.
With the right tool and timing, you can get the job done. However, if you’re pruning for looks, well, the tool and timing are the same, but your skill is something we can’t help you with. You may want to get some expert advice on shaping the tree or bush.
Choosing the Tool: Your local home-improvement store has a wealth of tool choices for trimming. The right choice depends upon the size of the plant or tree to be trimmed.
Timing the Prune: Plants and trees are hardy, and a small prune at anytime is unlikely to do major harm. But, if you time it properly, you can enhance the plant’s growth and help it thrive. Heavy trimming in the late summer or early fall may trigger new growth, which you don’t want as we head into winter.
Posted on November 24, 2020
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