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There are many different reasons to prune or remove selected parts of a plant. They could be to train or direct growth, control size and shape, improve health, increase landscape effect, improve growth for flowers and fruits or for safety reasons.Click the links below for pruning tips.
1. When should you prune?
2. What are the right tools for pruning?
3. What is an anvil and/or bypass pruner?
4. What is the proper cut?
5. Do's and Don'ts of Pruning
Used for smaller jobs. Pruners are available with either bypass or anvil blades.
Longer handles, increasing your reach and leverage for those hard to cut branches. Loppers are for larger jobs.
Ideal for nearly all hedges and shrubs, except for larger woody branches.
Helps remove stems you cannot cut with hand pruners or lopping shears.
A cross between pole pruners and pruning saws. They help to get at out-of-reach branches.
Helps get at high out-of-reach branches. They are ideal where ladders would be inconvenient or would damage the tree.
Bypass blades are sharpened, curved, and overlap, similar to scissor blades. Bypass blades are ideally used for new green growth.
Anvil blades have a straight upper blade that cuts against a broad, flat blade. Anvil blades are most efficient for dry, hard and old growth.
Select the proper tool for each job.
Make one cut to remove large limbs.
Know the proper time to prune your plants.
Underestimate the importance of pruning for your plants' health and appearance.
Make your cuts at an angle to prevent water buildup.
Forget the proper place and angle to make your cuts when you prune.