Posted by Admin on 5. June 2009 03:07
PRUNING SHRUBS AND BUSHES:
Want to rejuvenate your yard, pruning is a good way to spruce things up, and it doesn’t take long to see the results.
Before you begin with the urge to start hacking away with the overgrowth in your bushes, you should get familiar with some of the basic information on pruning shrubs.
Always start by pruning away any dead or damaged limbs and branches with a pruning shear, or a saw.
Please make sure your tools are properly sharpened, in order to leave a clear cut with no ragged edges.
When pruning tree branches you should prune above what is known as the “branch collar,” the tissue at the junctions of a branch and the main trunk. Do not cut the bumpy area as this is rich in plant cells that nourish your shrubs and bushes. Leave the collar intact and you have a good chance for recovery after your pruning. Always, make sure to cut at a 45 degree angle, because rainwater will slide off a slanted cut bush.
When pruning bushes or shrubs if you want a natural look, use the pattern called “heading back.” Look at the bush and locate the tallest branch. Using your eyes and hand, follow the main branch until it meets a lower side branch that point upwards. You can cut the main branch just above the smaller one. Repeat this process with all the main branches, then, walk away and take a look at your bushes and shrubs in order to see your results. Prune slightly lower down than you feel really comfortable with; remember, new growth will add additional height over the next six months.