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A Quick Guide to Pruning Your Garden

submitted on 5 June 2023 by boels.com
A Quick Guide to Pruning Your Garden As plants grow, they develop parts that are no longer beneficial. It is best to remove these parts regularly, and this process is known as pruning. It is a crucial process for managing orchards, vineyards and home gardens, and encouraging fruiting and flowering. The process also improves the structure of your plants, with the growth of buds and bulbs starting beneath the pruning cuts to facilitate flowering.

Different Types of Pruning

There are different types of pruning depending on what you need and what you have in your garden. Thinning is cutting down branches to promote growth. If done right, thinning can help plants bear better flowers and fruits.

Another type is density reduction. This is done to reduce the volume and density of trees or shrubs to clear a path required for a utility line. Hire a professional to carry out density reduction as they have the skills to ensure the tree retains its stability and form once the process is done.

Other types of pruning include:
  • Size management - Done to reduce a tree's width or height.
  • Raising - Cutting the lower branches so a tree or shrub does not intrude on a building.
  • Structure management - Done to manage the structure of a plant or tree.
  • Cleaning - Done regularly to remove dead parts.
  • Restorative pruning - Done on overgrown trees and shrubs so they can be restored to a healthy state.
  • Formative training - Done to help a plant attain a particular structure.
All these types of pruning lead to a lot of waste you need to get rid of or reuse in various ways. A woodchipper can help you reduce the size of branches, leaves and plant parts into these smaller pieces for disposal or reuse. Consider a wood chipper hire from Boels for seasonal or occasional work.

The Importance of Pruning

Pruning promotes healthy growth because it removes dying or dead parts that would otherwise stress the tree or plant. It also protects your property by removing dead branches or plant parts before they fall and damage the property. Removing plant parts also ensures they do not grow large enough to be a threat when you have strong winds or bad weather.

Pruning is also a great way to make a plant or tree look much better. Formative training or pruning is the best option for doing this.

Equipment to Use When Pruning

You should consider several things before picking a tool or equipment for pruning. These include the size of the branches, the type of pruning you want to do, how high up you will be working and your experience using specific tools.

For pruning simple plants and shrubs, hedge shears, pruning shears, and lopping shears are the best options. A hand saw is an excellent option if you have branches at least an inch in diameter. If you need extended reach, you can utilise a tool rental service to get a pole saw that is perfect for the job. A power saw is the best tool if you have larger branches or want to bring down whole trees.

Pruning is an essential part of growing and maintaining a garden. It helps plants grow healthier and stronger. You can also use it to make your trees and shrubs look better or to protect your property from falling branches.


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