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Proper Pruning: When, How & Which Tools to Use

When To Prune

The type of trees or plants you're pruning will depend on its variety and the climate where you live.

Pruning is occasionally required for evergreen trees like fir, spruce, and pine. Branches that are sick, dead, or broken can be cut off at any time of year. On evergreen trees, late winter is the ideal time to prune out undesired lower branches.

Pruning deciduous trees can be done at various times of the year with little to no harm. Pruning deciduous trees should be avoided if at all feasible during the seasons when the trees are leafing out in the spring and losing their leaves in the fall.

Bigleaf and oakleaf hydrangeas are one of many hydrangea varieties. As for these types of plants, they should be pruned before summer season.

Roses should be pruned when they have finished blooming. Cut them back in the early spring if they get too long.

Each year during the dormant season, prune all grapevines close to the lateral arms to provide the best fruit.

Stems that are three years old or younger are the parts of blueberry, gooseberry, and currant bushes that are the most prolific. Each winter, prune roughly a third of the oldest stems on these shrubs to maintain a steady supply of fruitful wood. At the ground level, remove the old stems.

Spring-flowering trees should be pruned as soon as they finish blooming. In the winter or fall, avoid pruning.

To promote the formation of more new wood, prune summer-flowering woody plants in the late winter or early spring when they are dormant. When plants are trying to become dormant in the fall, pruning encourages new growth, weakening the plants.

How to Perform Proper Pruning

  1.  Pruning is an art that you can master with practice. Never be hesitant to try new things and pick up new skills. You can trim your plant correctly if you understand it, its role, and especially when it blooms.
  2.  Get rid of any dead or dying branches before you begin pruning. Make a cut between the infected area and the plant's main body. Next, pull out the oldest, tallest growth, followed by weak or spindly stems. Trim any branches that are growing vertically, rubbing against one another, or crossing one another. You can also remove branches that are quite low.
  3.  Cut the branch as close to the source as possible and prune back to the main stem. Avoid letting stubs show; doing so promotes infection.
  4.  Cut parallel to the branch collar, the furrow of bark that separates the branch from the trunk. If you've done it correctly, the area will eventually develop a healthy callus ring around it.
  5.  Never prune while it's humid or rainy outside because this spreads many infections. Wait for the dry season.
  6.  To prevent the spread of disease, always wash your tools in hot, soapy water. Before going on to the next tree, clean the branch you removed if it had a disease. The tools can also be cleaned by soaking them in warm water with a teaspoon or two of bleach.

Which Tools to Use for Pruning

You'll be prepared to make the cut if you stock your garden shed with these essential pruning tools! Haus & Garten offers shears and loppers that you might need. Look at it now.

Hand Pruners
Small stems are best trimmed with hand pruners. Three different shear kinds are offered by Haus & Garten: ClassicPRO, EnduroPRO, and PrecisionPRO. These hand pruners have blades that are adjustable, non-stick sap, and high-quality titanium. Additionally, it is durable, lightweight, and convenient to use.
With medium to large hands, ClassicPRO & EnduroPRO pruning shears can trim branches up to 1" thick, while PrecisionPRO can handle branches up to 0.8" thick with small to medium hands. Avoid trying to force blades through a large branch. Both the tool and the plant could be damaged.

"These pruners are absolutely amazing. They fit my hand perfectly and so light weight. I have been using them for a few months and seriously make pruning in my garden so easy now. I definitely recommend them." Stacy says after using the EnduroPRO tree pruner, one of the ergonomic-styled pruners from Haus & Garten.

Loppers are more powerful than hand pruners. You have more leverage when the handles are longer, which allows you to trim a larger branch. High carbon steel was used to make the Haus & Garten PowerPRO Bypass Loppers garden shears, which are designed for heavy-duty use and have a non-slip grip. They can cut branches up to 2" thick.

What are The Signs of a High Quality Pruning Shears?

The foundation of Haus & Garten is its commitment to offering top-notch instruments that will meet the needs and requirements for pruning of both professional and amateur gardeners.

Greg Schultz, the founder of Haus & Garten, created a line of high-quality tools that are available to everyone, not just professionals. These tools are also suitable for beginning, home, and avid gardeners.

Greg has worked in the gardening and landscaping industry for 28 years, which has given him insight into the processes involved in creating high-quality gardening tools. He thinks that "Pruning is often as simple as 1, 2, and chop! To trim your plants, you simply need the appropriate information, the right equipment, and confidence."

He was able to identify the unique requirements and wants that gardeners face when doing their pruning jobs thanks to his three decades in the industry and his work with clients. As a result, he founded Haus & Garten and the PRO line of gardening products.

Greg wanted to create a line of high-end gardening hand tools that every sort of gardener could rely on for functionality and quality. Many Haus & Garten clients were able to vouch for the effectiveness of his pruning equipment in achieving this objective.

In everything we do at Haus & Garten, we try to add value for our customers. With our great after-sales service, we guarantee that you will be pleased with your purchase. We make sure that every part of our pruning shears is deliberately designed to make trimming as easy and comfortable for you as possible.

Congratulations! You are now prepared to purchase your next pruning tool.