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December 2016: Pruning

December Pruning

Whether you’re starting off as a beginner gardener, or just wanting to spruce up the trees in your yard every so often, you should know how to prune trees. Pruning is done for a variety of reasons, whether it’s for the health of the tree, aesthetics of the yard, or to prevent a dangerous situation.

When should you prune those trees or shrubs? Late winter or early spring is the best time of the year for this task, in order to encourage new growth in the direction wanted.

How do you prune a tree? First, you want to make a shallow cut on the underside of the branch, about 6 to 8 inches away from the trunk. The first cut shouldn’t be more than a third of the way through the branch. Second, cut through the branch about another few inches outside of the first cut. Lastly, remove the stub, cutting just outside of the branch collar.

For more information on three kinds of pruning shears to use, aftercare, and what to keep in mind when pruning, check out our full article!

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