By Anthony Lawn Care, Feb 21 2017 01:18AM
Take great care in pruning.....
There are plenty of articles that outline when not to prune, but now is finally time to plan your pruning in the coming months.Late winter/early spring is often prescribed as the optimal time to trim tree and shrub branches because there is less risk of disease and the cuts stress the tree less.February through March is the best time to do so!
The absence of leaves allows a clear view of all the branches, making it far easier to see what needs to be removed. The wounds are also able to heal more rapidly prior to spring growth.Since it is almost that ideal time frame, now is your chance to take a moment and consider what you are trying to accomplish with your pruning and how much should be done at this time. Ask yourself what you hope to achieve by pruning a certain plant. Are you just looking for dead wood to remove or are you trying to train it to grow a certain way, such as an espalier? Your goal for the plant should decide where and how much you need to trim.
There are four main types of pruning, including cleaning, thinning, raising and reduction.It is always better to prune too little than to over prune. Removing more than 25 percent of the crown can harm the tree’s ability to make food and its growth potential.Also, take time to evaluate the condition of the plant. If it is sick, remove the dead wood but try not to remove more than that, as it can stress the plant further.