Pruning plants is an essential part of keeping them healthy and productive. Every type of plant needs to be pruned. Some may need to be pruned for healthy growth and for size control. That is just a part of growing and caring for plants. Some may think all that is needed is water and fertilizer. These are the people that spend a great deal of money replacing plant material that has expired. For smaller plants both woody and herbaceous will only need a small pair of hand pruners while larger trees and shrubs may need bigger set of loppers. The trees that are so very large that a motorized saw is needed will need the care of a professional.
In the spring time all things are new and you will not see the need for pruning right away. As the growing season wears on however the flowering plants will have spent flowers and old growth. The plant is trying desperately to maintain new growth but is wasting energy trying to revive the old growth The sooner the old flowers and dead growth is removed the better. The plant can then focus its energy on revitalizing itself. It wants to send out new foliage and new flowers and it can once it has been liberated from the dead or dieing material.
For the flower garden or the vegetable gardens all that is needed is small pair of sharp clean hand pruners. Make sure they are clean from one plant to the next. You can spread disease with dirty pruners and you can promote stress with dull pruners. Each season you want to have them sharpened and oiled properly. You can keep them clean after each pruning by dipping them into a solution of bleach. One half cup per a gallon of water will be enough to kill any disease that might be left behind. Rinse them well and dry them thoroughly before you next use. Treat all pruners big and small the same way.
Bigger trees and shrubs may in some cases be to big to prune them from the ground. Please seek the help of a professional for these plants. Whether you are pruning to remove dead growth or if you are just trying to control size and shape you should contact your local arborist. These are the people who are trained to climb and to use the motorized blades needed for jobs that size. It is very dangerous and should not be tried alone. The arborist themselves do not work alone as major accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. These are also the people who come to help after a storm has blown over trees of broken the limbs of bigger plants. In many cases if your home has been damaged your homeowners insurance will pay to have them come in and do the job.
Plants can be saved and live lush healthy lives if properly pruned when they need it. Vegetables will yield much more crop if they are tended to properly through pruning and dead crop removal. Plants are very resealant so don’t hesitate to shape them up when they are becoming leggy and sparse. This practice will ensure and vigorous growth. Flowering plants will send out ten times more buds when they are pruned. It has also been proven that pruning on a overcast day or in the evening is more beneficial then pruning in the middle of a hot sunny day. This allows the plant a time of rest after the touch up. Be kind to your gardens and landscapes. Prune your plants.