Pruning Done Correctly
Reasons for Pruning:
- to train the plant to maintain plant health
-to improve the quality of flowers, fruit, foliage or stems
-to restrict growth
Proper pruning enhances the beauty of almost any landscape tree or shrub. Improper pruning can ruin or greatly reduce its landscape potential. In most cases, it is better not to prune than to do it incorrectly. By using improper pruning methods, healthy plants are often weakened or deformed. In the long run, a plant growing naturally assumes the shape that allows it to make the best use of light in a given location and climate.
Pruning, like any other skill, requires knowledge of proper pruning technique. The old idea that anyone with a chain saw or a pruning saw can be a landscape pruner just simply is not true. More trees are killed or ruined each year from improper pruning than by pests. Pruning is the removal or reduction of certain plant parts that are not required, that are no longer effective, or that are of no use to the plant. It is done to supply additional energy for the development of flowers, fruits, and limbs that remain on the plant. Pruning, which has several definitions, essentially involves removing plant parts to improve the health, landscape effect, or value of the plant.
The necessity for pruning can be reduced or eliminated by selecting the proper plant for the location. Plants that might grow too large for the site, are not entirely hardy, or become unsightly with age should be used wisely and kept to a minimum in the landscape plan. Even the most suitable landscape plants often require some pruning.
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