PRUNING TREES

WHAT IS PRUNING?

Tree-pruning is cutting branches from a tree with sharp saws, shears, or hand pruners.

WHY PRUNE?

WHAT TO PRUNE

WHO SHOULD PRUNE?

If you feel fairly confident about pruning methods and techniques you can prune shrubs, small trees, and newly planted trees yourself. Many gardeners enjoy this task. If you feel you need to learn more, classes are often taught at horticultural societies, arboretums, or by a local county extension offices. More experienced gardeners are also a good source of assistance.

If the tree is very large, the branches high up, or if the branches overhang streets, fences, or pavement, you should consult with a professional arborist or landscape professional.

NEVER PRUNE the topmost branch of a tree or cut off all the tips of the branches. This is where all of the tree's growth "information" is stored, and this may permanently deform the tree.

HOW TO PRUNE

Good pruning involves making clean, sharp cuts at the right places on a plant.

SMALL BRANCH OR TWIGS (smaller than your finger) use hand pruners: small, sharp, hand-held cutting tools.