Tree Trunk Forest LakeProper pruning fosters healthy growth for the trees and plants in your yard—and makes everything in your yard look nice and tidy.

Though it sometimes seems a daunting task, consider pruning your yard the equivalent of the “spring cleaning” you do in your home each year. With the right mindset and a plan going in, pruning your yard can be a quick and painless process. Here are some helpful tips and techniques to help you along the way!

Good Pruning Tools

The best place to start when it comes to pruning is with your tools. Making sure you have the right tools for the job will make your life a whole lot easier. There’s plenty of gardening gear available, but you don’t necessarily need all of it! Do some quick research to see what tools would best serve your purpose, and go from there. Just make sure they are sharp and clean and you’ll be ready to go.

Fruit Trees

You typically need to prune your fruit trees while they are dormant between growing seasons. When pruned properly, your fruit trees will likely be more productive with each passing year. Neglecting fruit trees as well as berry plants will eventually result in poor quality fruits and decreased numbers, if any at all.

When you begin pruning, start by removing any damaged branches as well as any branches that are crossing. From there, simply thin the remaining branches of the tree to allow for light throughout. There may also come a time during the early part of the growing season where you will need to thin the fruits as well. This may help to increase the number of healthy fruits come harvest time.

Shrubs and Hedges

The main point of pruning shrubs and hedges is to help them keep their shape. When pruning your shrubs, make sure to start cutting just as growth begins so the new growth covers any cut tips. You should also try to thin out some of the inner layers as well so the outer layer doesn’t become overly thick—which becomes a safe haven for many unwanted insects!

Flowering Trees and Vines

The trickiest group of plants to prune includes the beautiful flowering trees and vines throughout your yard. These plants should be pruned twice a year, in early spring and late fall or winter, to really keep them in check. Just make sure to prune when the plants are dormant, or shortly after their flowers fade.

For more information, or if you need help with yard care, contact WeedPro today. We’ll help make sure the maintenance of your yard is not overlooked!