Pruning Tips


Pruning plants keeps them healthy and beautiful year after year.
Pruning plants keeps them healthy and beautiful year after year.
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Pruning a Shade Tree

Supplies:

  • Gloves
  • Loppers (long-handled pruners)

Instructions:

  1. Don't prune all the way back to the trunk.  This will disfigure the tree and promote rapid, abnormal growth.
  2. Remove all dead/broken branches.
  3. Thin out any branches that seem to be interfering with each other.
  4. Prune any limbs that are hanging over the side of your house or are closer than 8 feet to your sidewalk.

Pruning Roses

Supplies:

  • Gloves
  • Hand Pruners - make sure they're sharp to avoid crushing the wood of the plant.

Instructions:

  1. Prune dead/broken branches.
  2. To determine if branch is dead, gently scrape the bark with your fingernail to reveal the color underneath.  If it's green/white, it's alive.  If it's brown/black, it's dead.
  3. Go about 6 inches into the live growth and cut with the hand pruners.  Your cut should be angled, sloping away from the buds.