A Guide to Pruning Shrubs When homeowners say they’re planning to prune their shrubs, they frequently mean they’re going to ‘shear’ their shrubs. Although ‘shearing’ has its usefulness in landscaping, it’s typically done for aesthetic reasons and infrequently ends in a wholesome plant. Pruning on the other hand, if done correctly, leaves the plant more healthy and shaped according to its natural shape. The right pruning consistently results in a more vigorous and healthy plant. Good pruning also leaves the shrub in its true form, not shaped into something else. Any pruning should begin with the removal of any dead or crossing branches. Crossing branches are branches that grow crossing the interior or inward toward the shrub. These are of no use and will inhibit the growth of branches that are desired by shading the interior of the plant. Once the dead and crossing branches are removed, you’ll need to determine which type of pruning the shrub needs: rejuvenation or maintenance pruning.
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Maintenance pruning is simply required several times a year and requires only removing unwanted branches to maintain a natural shape. Search for long branches that seem out of place. Reach to the middle of the plant when removing in order to find the natural branching point. That is the location you need to make the cut.
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The cut should be in a manner that allows water to run off. Make the cut a quarter inch above the bud node. The bud node is where there will be the start of growth, so select a node pointing in the direction of the desired growth. Settling upon a node pointed towards the center of the plant will result in a crossing branch. Rejuvenation pruning ought to be reserved for mature plants. As plants age, main branches or stems lose their vigor and start to become unproductive. Rejuvenation pruning means exactly what it says, it rejuvenates old plants by returning them to their previous energy and shape. There are two ways to try it; one extreme and the other less extreme. Occasionally called renewal pruning, this severe pruning includes cutting the plant totally back to a height of between 6 to 12 inches. It’s not appropriate for many shrubs since this could be very difficult on a plant, so seek advice from the local greenhouse, extension agent or research it yourself. Time is also crucial with this sort of pruning as the plant will need time to recover. If the plant continues to be pretty vigorous, in the event the shrub cannot handle a radical cutback or in the event you intend to rejuvenate the shrub but nevertheless maintain its form, you’re able to do a long-term drastic rejuvenation. Adhering to these simple techniques will keep your shrubs healthy, vigorous and, if flowering shrubs, covered in flowers at all times.