Shrub Trimming and Pruning
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Shrubs are plants characterized by their medium size, woody, and small stem and branches that start in the soil. This type of plant has a strong visual appeal. That is why they are widely used in the ornamentation of different spaces, which makes knowing how to prune shrubs correctly a fundamental for the plants to reach their maximum beauty potential.
When Is The Best Time To Prune Shrubs:
It is known that the warmer seasons (spring and summer) are the best for outdoor gardening activities, and this is no different. During these months, there is a greater supply of natural light during the day, and this causes the plants to receive more nutrients through photosynthesis, becoming stronger and healthier.
However, pruning, regardless of its type, should be done during the bush's vegetative period, and this period usually happens during the winter months.
The main purpose of shrub pruning is to drive the plant so that it grows as the gardener expects. It can also be used to renew the shrub, removing unnecessary branches and leaves.
How to Prune Shrubs for Different Purposes:
Shrubs can have various landscape purposes; they can be cultivated to form hedges on walls and beds, creating new spaces or helping to totally or partially block the view of environments and the passage of winds, dirt, noise, animals, and people.
They can also be grown separately, being the star of a garden or a fundamental piece of decoration; for this reason, it is important to know how to prune shrubs to achieve the expected goal within your garden.
Cleaning pruning: As the name suggests, cleaning pruning aims to make the bush cleaner, bringing a more vivid and healthy appearance. (Also, cleaning pruning facilitates the entry of sunlight and reduces the chance of attack by fungi). All species need to go through this process, some more and others less often.
Cleaning pruning is usually done annually and aims to remove broken, diseased, entwined, dry, or highly developed branches and fruiting and flowering remains. This helps control, maintain, and develop the form that the plant will take and should be done preferably during the winter, a period of vegetative rest;
Flowering pruning: Usually, the bushes bloom during the hottest months of spring and summer. For this reason, pruning should occur during winter, while the plant is resting, it is advisable to carry out this pruning of the bush together with the cleaning.
To carry out this pruning, you must remove the branches that had already bloomed in the previous season, cutting the branches diagonally to flower again correctly;
Training pruning: This is the ideal type of pruning for those who want to drive the shrub in a certain format, it is not mandatory for the health and development of the plant, but fundamental for ornamentation and landscaping.
It should be done in the first years after planting the shrub and during vegetative rest (usually during winter).
How to Prune Shrubs As a Non-Professional:
The procedure may seem easy, but the truth is that the pruning of trees and shrubs requires a series of care that, if not observed, can compromise - and a lot - the beauty and longevity of your plants. The first is to cut the branches in an angle - diagonally - so that rainwater does not accumulate in the area. And, to keep fungi and diseases away, it is also worth treating the wounds with healing products.
In shrubs, a homemade mixture of toothpaste and cinnamon is enough. Cinnamon is a natural healer and can even be used alone, but toothpaste becomes a strong ally because, when it hardens, it works as a protection against rain. For trees, which usually have larger wounds, it is best to apply ready-made sealing pastes sold in garden centers.
Step 1 - Cut the branch of the bush at an angle (diagonally). Use sharp tools to avoid "chewing" the plant.
Step 2 - Mix a little white toothpaste with cinnamon powder until you get a homogeneous paste.
Step 3 - With the help of a spatula, apply the product over the entire cut area and wait for it to dry.
Note that non-professional pruning of shrubs is never as safe as having professionals handle your shrubs. Mistakes can be costly, and may affect the health of your shrubs.