Video: How to Prune Your Tree or Shrub

Pruning your trees and shrubs in late summer will prevent weakening in the spring time. Large trees aside, there are many pruning jobs that you can do on your own. Don’t worry – you got this
 

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How to Prune Your Tree or Shrub

 

Pruning your trees and shrubs in late summer will prevent weakening in the spring time.  

Large trees aside, there are many pruning jobs that you can do on your own. Don’t worry – you got this

A tree or shrub may need pruning for many reasons:

  • to remove diseased or storm-damaged branches
  • to thin the crown to permit new growth and better air circulation
  • to reduce the height of a tree
  • to remove obstructing lower branches and
  • to shape a tree for design purposes

Begin by pruning away dead or damaged branches with a pruning shear, lopper or a saw. 

Your tools should be sharp enough to leave a straight, clear cut, with no ragged edges. Always cut branches on a slant, at a 45-degree angle. 

Take a look at the bush and find the tallest main branch. With your eye and hand, follow this main branch until it meets a lower side branch that more or less points upwards. Cut the main  branch off just above the smaller one. Repeat the process with this and all main branches.

When shaping, clip off any obvious pieces that are out of place. 

Keep your trees healthy, safe and in their natural form!  Don’t worry – you got this.

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