Pruning seems so simple, yet it is the most effective tool in redefining the way your garden appears or grows. Theoretically, pruning is a method for dictating or maintaining the way your trees (fruit or flowering tree) grow. The process may seem like you are doing the complete adverse of it (since you’re cutting it down), but it is necessary to trim down the undesired branches in order to encourage proper and more stable growth.
However, like all things, pruning too needs to be approached in a correct fashion. If you simply starting cutting the branches just because you don’t like the shape of the branch, you might as well just cut the whole tree down because you are cutting off an essential requirement that the tree needs to grow. Pruning involves a set of “precise and calculated” method and technique to execute it in order to make the most out of it. It is therefore of utmost relevance that you know the proper technique to prune, if not, there is a very thin line between “Pruning” and “Cutting” and you may end up doing the latter instead of your original intention.
Here are some effective and simple pruning tips to make your garden more exquisite and organized as well.
- Analyze your tree
Before you go down (or up) to your storage room and take out your pruning shears and start cutting the branches, take a step back and take time to analyze how much or where your pruning area is to be targeted. Look for any signs of deceased or weak branches, but also make sure you keep an eye on the original path of the tree growth aka the main trunk.
- Make the right cut
Spotting out the dead or infected branches is not nuclear physics. However, many people take the wrong approach right after this step. Cutting has a very wide meaning in this particular case, and hence, simply “cutting” off the dead branches does not do justice to the pruning technique. You want to make the cut (on the dead branch) as close to the main trunk as possible, but not too close to cut the main trunk as well. Just make sure you make the cut at the intersection of the trunk and the branch for optimal result
- Don’t leave a stub
Stub refers to the extra length of the dead branch that is left after making the cut too far away from the main trunk. Leaving a stub can cause more harm than good as this is a welcoming sign for insects to creep in and make their sweet homes at the expense of your tree growth and nutrients. Hence, it is vital to prevent the formation or creation of stub as a result of your cut
- Using the right tools
All the techniques in the world will not give you a significant result if you do not have the right tools. After all, your entire pruning technique is going to depend on how effective and easily you can make the cuts. You do not want to be stuck with a knife or a blunt pruning shear as this will just increase the risk of non-uniform cuts or irregular patterns. Also, there are different types of pruning shears for different applications. Example; there are different pruning shears depending on the diameter of the branch that you want to cut or the height of the branch. So make sure you have the right tools for a more convenient and effective pruning
- Eliminate the Suckers
No, it’s not an innuendo to refer the term sucker, it is an actual part of the plant that plays a significant role in preventing the growth of a tree or plant. Suckers are an “extra” part of the tree that tends to originate from almost any part of the tree and suck out a good amount of nutrients from the main tree. Suckers tend to look ugly and appear out-of-order from the normal tree branch, and they do not play any relevant role as well (apart from sucking out the nutrients). Hence, the quicker your remove Suckers from the tree, the better it is for your tree’s overall health
- You don’t need to dress the “wounds.”
Most people tend to dress or cover up the cut wounds (by painting) from pruning in order to allow the tree to heal up faster. But, in reality, there is no need to dress up the wound, and in fact, the process may produce the most adverse effect. If you make the right cut, there is no need to dress up the cut wound, and that promotes quick healing as well
- Don’t like to Prune?
Well, pruning as stated before is a set of precise and calculated technique. Most people are too lazy to analyze and make the proper cut, hence, diminishing the status of the tree in return. In this particular case, you can choose to hire Tree Services from Sydney Tree Company to assist you or to take up the whole process of pruning in the most efficient way possible.