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6 Tree Pruning Tips That Will Save You from Calling a Professional

6 Tree Pruning Tips That Will Save You from Calling a Professional

Pruning your trees may seem like a daunting task, but with a little know-how, it can be easy and enjoyable for home gardeners to do themselves. Read on for a few of our expert tips for effortless tree pruning:

1. Make pruning cuts on the branch side of the stem collar

The branch side of the stem collar is the lip of tissue that separates the branches and stems. Cutting this area protects the stem and other branches that might be growing from it while allowing the tree to heal more effectively.

2. Prune trees during the dormant season in late fall or winter

Always prune during the dormant season to minimize sap loss and stress to the tree. Pruning during late fall or winter also minimizes the risk of fungus infection or insect infestation.

3. As a rule of thumb, prune your trees as little as possible

Don't prune more than 25% of the crown, and ensure that living branches compose at least 2/3 of the height of the tree.

4. Buy quality tools and keep them in good condition

Maintaining your tools will not only make your pruning job easier but also prevent damage to your trees as well. Use hand pruners for smaller branches, typically up to 1 inch in diameter, and a lopper or pruning saw for larger size branches.

5. Learn how to choose pruning shears or gardening hand tools

When purchasing new pruners, consider important features that are beneficial not only to you but also to the health of your plants, such as a sap groove feature to prevent the spread of disease or an ergonomic design to minimize hand fatigue.

6. Always clean your tools before storing

Don’t forget to thoroughly clean your tools after a pruning session. If you can disassemble your pruner, take it apart for a full cleaning, as dirt and other residue may build up over time.

Keep these simple tips in mind, and pruning your trees will be simple and efficient! Happy pruning!