Keeping all of your trees and shrubs looking neat and trimmed will improve the look of your home. There is a proper way to prune these and there is also a recommended time to do it. There really is a time and season for everything, and learning the correct techniques and timing will make your yard look great throughout the year! In addition, extending home improvement to the outside of your house can also improve the property value.
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Step 1: Trim shrubs and trees when they are headed into their dormant stage. Deciduous plants stop growing when temperatures drop and even evergreens slow their rate of growth during cold months. Spring is when trees and shrubs emerge from their dormant state and once again begin growing. The best time of year to trim is during the fall. Do not trim new leaves or branches in spring.
Step 2: A key tip when trimming branches is to cut at an angle. If you cut a branch straight across, the shrub or tree may be damaged. Diagonal trimming promotes new growth.
Step 3: The only exception to Step 2 is when using electric clippers for shaping a hedge. These shrubs are usually squared or rounded. Hedging should be done during the fall or late winter.
Step 4: When pruning a shrub or tree, consider the plant. Keep it growing in its natural state, meaning cut back limbs and branches with the shape of the shrub or tree, allowing the plant to grow naturally. Use manual clippers or pruners to trim larger branches. Avoid the urge to trim back too far, leaving only old branches and a small amount of foliage.
Step 5: Use the scissors to finely shape the shrub or tree. This enables closer attention to detail and provides shrubs and trees with a professionally cut look.
Step 6: If a tree must be topped off, use an angled cut on the top limbs to ensure the tree remains healthy. Top off trees during the fall or in late winter. If large branches must be removed, first try using the bow saw. For limbs that are too thick, use the chain saw.