If you want your flowers and trees to look gorgeous in the spring and summer, you need to learn how to properly prune them during the rest of the year. This article suggests how you may want to trim your plants to get the best results.
Learning When and How to Prune Your Plants for Spring Growth Brief Description: If you want your flowers and trees to look gorgeous in the spring and summer, you need to learn how to properly prune them during the rest of the year. This article suggests how you may want to trim your plants to get the best results. Pruning and Maintenance If you want your trees and flowers to look beautiful and attractive in the spring and summer months, you need to learn how and when to prune them in the fall and winter. This can be a tricky thing, as cutting them back can be a hassle, while maybe them look unattractive. Most plants benefit from some sort of regular pruning and maintenance. Sometimes you just need to bite the bullet, and trim them down. A great many flowering and fruiting plants prefer to be pruned while they are dormant, in late winter through early spring. Others, like spring blooming trees and shrubs, will start setting new buds as soon as the old buds have fallen. These will need to be trimmed shortly after flowering, or you run the risk of cutting off the new buds with the old—this will defeat the purpose. There are other plants that need to be continually deadheaded all year round. Trimming at the wrong time of year may result in less flowers and fruits, but it usually will not harm the plant in the long run. The exception to this is working too late in the season, and encouraging a lot of tender, new growth that will be destroyed when the weather gets cold. Having the Right Tools To begin with, you need to have the right tools to help you get the job done. Sharp, clean tools not only make the job easier, but they are crucial to keeping your garden healthy. The four basic tools required for pruning most plants include hand pruners, loppers, shearers, and saws. Ask for recommendations on which ones to get from a professional hardware or garden store. Now you are ready to begin the process. Perhaps the most confusing group of plants, when it comes to this task, is flowering trees and shrubs. Different Kinds Different Times A general rule is to cut summer and fall flowering trees and shrubs in the dormant season, and to cut spring flowering trees and shrubs soon after their flowers fade. You can look in a gardening or flower book to know when the blooming and dormant seasons are for your foliage. When it comes to your fruit trees and berry plants, most fruiting plants need to be taken care of while they are dormant. Most flowering plants grown for their ornamental value will still give you some sort of show, even if you have been lax about regular trimming. Fruit trees and berries will steadily decline unless they are trimmed and tended. There are several reasons for this. Older branches are more susceptible to diseases and pests, and there is a habit of many fruiting plants to only produce on branches of a certain age. Thus, these varieties need some special care. When it comes to your beautiful evergreen trees, you do not need to trim them at all, in most cases. If you do try to cut and shape it, you will just stress and distort the tree. It is better to choose a smaller, dwarf evergreen than to try to size down a larger tree. However, there are times when you want an evergreen in your landscape to be a bit fuller—that can be accomplished with some well timed pruning. Keep in mind, the larger the tree, the more labor intensive this will be, so do this while the tree is still young. However, perhaps the most labor intensive ones to prune are the non-woody perennials. The notion that you can plant perennials once and then have a maintenance-free garden forever is very false. Most perennials, especially the flowering ones, not only need to be cut back entirely at some point before or after the growing season, they need regular cutting, shearing, or deadheading. Which ones to work on and when are things that you can learn from a book, or a professional gardener or lawn service company. Finding out for yourself can be very fun and rewarding. Learning how to care for you yard is very relaxing, and you can see the direct benefits and rewards of your work. It can also help you to get some good fresh air and exercise—take a look at what you can do in your yard today. Photo Credit: Freestone, Opticalreflex
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