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An essential part of keeping your garden looking its best and feeling its healthiest is tree pruning, but not many of us know the ins and outs of this important process. Tree pruning can have such a positive impact on the life of your garden and also help to keep it clean and safe, so it’s something that all homeowners and gardeners should be aware of.
Although the there’s no denying the importance of the pruning process there is also a lot of uncertainty about it. People often wonder when the ideal time to prune your trees might be and why it’s so important, and we’re here to give you the answers so you’ll be better equipped to help your favorite trees grow to their best.
Before we can get into the types of pruning you might want to do and when exactly to do them, we need to be clear about what exactly tree pruning is. Too many people think that can simply cut down a few branches or leaves from their tree and they’ve completed the pruning process, but it’s actually a lot more delicate than that.
Pruning refers to the process of removing dead, damaged or diseased branches and stems from a tree, with the main purpose being to improve the look and health of the tree itself. However, within this basic explanation, there is a lot more to the process that will determine how successful your pruning efforts are and if you’re helping the trees or actually doing more damage to them in the long run.
Pruning is always best done with the help of tools, and depending on the type and size of trees in your garden, your toolkit may differ somewhat. Traditionally, most people use some simple pruning shears as well as a long pole saw that allows you to reach higher branches, however, it is possible to add more equipment to this if you need.
With an understanding of what is tree pruning, you’ll be able to see how many benefits it has when you use the right tools to get the job done. Here are a few benefits you can achieve from the right type of pruning done at the right time.
People commonly think that there’s one type of pruning that will cover all of your tree’s needs, however, this isn’t necessarily the case. Because there are different reasons for pruning, there are different types of pruning to meet these needs, so it depends on what your tree requires.
In addition to knowing what type of pruning is best, you should also understand more about when to prune. Too many people make the mistake of over-pruning or doing it too regularly, so the best time is to aim for just once a season. However, if there are circumstances such as impending bad weather or the clear up from a storm, this can be done as needed provided it doesn’t do any harm to your tree.
If you’re pruning to remove dead, diseased or damaged branches, you can usually do this as required. The experts believe that late winter or early spring is the ideal weather conditions to prune, so try to make this your annual pruning time if you’re able to.
Pruning in the correct style and at the right time of year will give you all of the aforementioned benefits and more, provided you’re working with quality tools and a careful touch.
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