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Helpful Pruning Tips!

At Molzon’s Gardening Center, we get a ton of questions! One of the most asked is about Pruning; How do I properly prune my plants? When is the right time to prune my plants? Do you have any tips to properly prune my plants?

The truth is that most plants do not need any pruning. To figure out what plants need some maintenance and which one you can leave alone, check out Molzon’s Pruning Guide. With that said, pruning is a essential skill if you are or are looking to become a gardener. One piece of advice to keep in mind is that proper pruning enhances the beauty of almost any tree or shrub  and encourages the plant(s) to properly grow and produce flowers, while improper pruning can ruin or greatly reduce the plants’ visual appeal. To help you properly prune your garden, check out a few of our helpful tips below!

  1. Timing is Key!

    Winter: This is the best time of year to prune most of your Trees and Shrubs.
    Late Winter/Early Spring: It is during this time of the year when you want to prune your Everygreens, Fruit Trees, Summer Flowering Shrubs and Perennials.
    Spring: Now is the time you prune your Blooming Plants such as Lilac and Forsythia. 

  2. Tools!

    Choosing the RIGHT TOOL is important when pruning your plants. If you choose the wrong tool, it may not be able to cut through the stem/branch and will cause problems with your plant (s). 

    - Hand Pruners cut 1 inche diameter or smaller
    - Loppers cut between 1 and 2 inches in diameter
    - Pruning Saws cut 2 inches in diameter or larger
    - Hedge Shears are used to prune your Hedges
    - Grass Shears are used to prune any long grass you may have

    Also, reguardless of the tool that you are using, you want to make sure the blade(s) is sharp. Having a sharp blade helps to make the cut clean and helps the branch/stem heal properly. 

  3. Making a Clean Cut!

    When Pruning, there are 4 basic “cuts” to keep in mind and each is aimed to produce a difference effect on your plant(s). These cuts include Pinching, Heading, Thinning, and Shearing. Regardless of your cut, it is best to cut above a growing bud and angle the cut at about a 45 degree angle; with the lowest point of the cut opposite of the bud and the highest point of the cut about ¼ inches above the bud.






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