It's on the to-do list every year. Besides death and taxes,
you can also count on annual shrub pruning. There is a way to
slow it down (pruning that is!) It's called selective
The pruning methods used on a plant should be made with the
future in mind. Yes, you want it to look good when you're done.
But you also want the plant to respond favorably next year,
that is, not requiring as much work, or perhaps it
won't need to be pruned at all! When you work
with the way a plant grows,
eventually the plant takes on its natural shape.
When it comes to shrub pruning growth, more means less. Not
cutting enough out can mean more work for next year. Pruning
cuts made to the tips are going to cause more of a flush of
growth than pruning cuts made to the interior of the plant.
principle in managing plant growth is this:
wherever you make a cut, that's where the new
growth will come out. The purpose of makng
pruning cuts to the interior of the plant is to
regenerate growth in the
There are two types of pruning functions: Thinning and
Thinning - Thinning corrects
the branch structure, removes deadwood and opens the plant to
air circulation which prevents fungus. Thinned out plants make
pesticide applications more effective. When approaching a plant
to prune it, thinning is the first step.
Shaping - These are the
cosmetic cuts that are made after the plant has been thinned.
Think of shaping cuts as the opposite of thinning cuts. Shaping
or cuts made to the tips, thickens the plant in the following
year to make it appear more full. Good pruning balances
thinning and shaping cuts, and the immediate result is a more
natural looking plant.
Tree and shrub
pruning services available in Derry, Windham, Londonderry,
Manchester, Bedford, Hudson,
Hollis and Nashua, New Hampshire.