Tree and Shrub Pruning

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 pruning.

Pruning is Progressive

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.

The 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 inside.

Selective pruning

There are two types of pruning functions: Thinning and shaping.

Types of cuts:

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.

Sheared YewHand Pruned Yew

Sheared Yew

Selectively Pruned Yew





Tree and shrub pruning services available in Derry, Windham, Londonderry, Manchester, Bedford, Hudson,
Hollis and Nashua, New Hampshire.