Spring will be here before you know it, and landscapers need to train their crews on proper pruning techniques to make sure landscapes look their best.
The Grounds Guys put together a few tips on how to prune properly.
Hacking away at branches will do more damage than many workers think, so understanding the dos and don’ts of pruning is vital.
Proper pruning can promote flowering or fruiting, and it trains the plant to grow to a certain shape or size, as well as removes dead or damaged wood.
There are various techniques workers can use to get the best results, including:
1. Thinning – Removes certain branches back to the main trunk or stem to reduce the density of the plant without reducing the height.
2. Reducing – Reduces the height of the plant by removing larger branches down to smaller, lateral branches.
3. Heading – Trims the growing tips of shoots to force new buds to grow and thicken the growth at the cuts.
Here are some additional tips: