Pruning keeps shrub safe, beautiful and healthy, more reason you should consider timely shrub pruning! Homeowners should be aware that the landscape that surrounds their property is a key that makes their residence more inviting all day long and as well, add value to their property. As a homeowner, when you notice dying, dead and broken branches on your shrubs, it’s a pointer that an arborist is needed! Shrubs are sometimes referred to as bush. Shrubs are perennial woody plants, having endless woody stems above the ground.  The difference between a tree and shrub is the height and its never-ending stems. Basically, the shrub can either be deciduous or evergreen.

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More often than not, pruning and trimming are used interchangeably, but it’s important to know that their meaning and importance differ.

Pruning: pruning refers to the removal of branches (either from shrub or a tree) purposely for safety and health.

Trimming: Trimming is the act of getting rid of branches (either from a shrub or a tree) in order to improve greenery physical appearance and beauty.

So, while trimming is to make greenery appealing, pruning, on the other hand, keeps it safe and healthy. You probably think shrub pruning is simple and you can get it done all by yourself. You wouldn’t want to harm your shrub, would you? You will be amazed to know that it is intricate than what you think and that is why you need an arborist to tend to your shrub. A shrub caregiver sees to it that shrub is pruned at the appropriate time, using the right tools and strategies required for the safety and health of your shrub.

 

WHEN SHOULD SHRUB BE PRUNED?

Pruning shrub at the appropriate time is virtually a key for a healthy shrub. As important as timing is, so also is knowing the type of shrub you are dealing with. Pruning time differs with shrub type! Basically, shrub pruning is dependent on a host of factors, which include; the state of health of the plant, their species, habitat, and adaptable climate.

 

Deciduous Shrubs

The appropriate time to get deciduous shrubs pruned is dependent on their state of health, bloom time and plant’s growth habit. A good example of deciduous shrubs are flowering shrubs. Pruning flowering shrubs is crucial because the timing has an effect on their flower productivity. Typically, flowering shrub should be pruned shortly after blooming, before they bring out buds for subsequent season. However, spring-flowering shrubs, most especially lilac and forsythia which bloom in spring should be examined and ensured that they are in their perfect state of health before being pruned. To prune spring-flowering shrub that has been left unattended to over a period of time, substantial pruning would be required in order to revive the plants. Pruning such shrub should be done late winter or early spring (March or early April).

In order not to interrupt plants bloom cycle, the shrub caregiver tries to discern whether shrub flowers on old wood or new wood. So, when shrub flower on old wood it shows that, it develops flower bud for the subsequent year during the current year. On the other hand, flowering on new wood means that plant delay its flower bud development till spring when growth starts. Generally, the appropriate time for pruning is in spring. During this period, early pruning can be administered on plants that flower on new wood so that they will have ample time to recover from surgery. While plant that flower on old wood should be pruned shortly after flowering.

 

Evergreen Shrubs

Evergreen Shrub Such as juniper, hemlock, arborvitae and yew are to be pruned before new growth commences in late March or early April. Pruning evergreen shrubs should be totally avoided in falls because evergreen shrubs seem to be vulnerable to winter injury when pruned in the fall.

 

HOW TO PRUNE SHRUB

To begin with, get dying, dead and broken limbs pruned away. Tools such as pruning shear, lopper or a saw could be used for pruning. See that tools are sharpened enough to get a straight, clean cut. A powered chainsaw will be needed to prune thicker branches and trunk while loppers and anvil pruners will be useful when limb thickness is not more than one and a half. Branches should be cut on a slant at a 45° angle. Pruning should be done above that bumpy tissue where the main trunk and a branch meets (the branch collar). The collar should be left untouched because it hosts plant growth cell which gives shrub an opportunity to heal quickly from the sustained injury.

 

SHRUB PRUNING STRATEGIES

Pruning is done for different reasons, and different method or strategy is adopted for each task. Common strategies include;

  • Restoration pruning: This strategy gets rid of dying, dead or even life shrub parts in order to restore shrub to its normal shape, growth habit and strength. Should be done to mitigate health and damages caused by a storm.
  • Reduction pruning: life branches are shortened to reduce the overall size of the shrub. It is adopted to reduce plant interference with nearby structures and to improve sunlight penetration.
  • Crown cleaning: Can also be referred to as “dead wooding”. The strategy is used to get rid of shrub parts that are broken, diseased and dead.
  • Structural pruning: Structural pruning has to do with the removal of live shrub parts particularly young shrubs, to enhance growth rate, spacing and branching orientation.
  • Root Pruning: The technique can be adopted when roots start to grow into building foundation, walkways or nearby structures.

 

BENEFITS OF SHRUB PRUNING

Shrubs tend to enjoy the following benefits when Pruned.

  • Encourage flower production.
  • Encourage desirable leaf color.
  • Blooming again later in the season
  • Brighter stem color
  • Reduce interference
  • Maintain plant health and strength.

 

For shrubs to perform well, they do not necessarily need pruning! Pruning can be skipped, Yes! If you’re not so impressed in the previous year with the size of your shrub, why not skip pruning? But then, you have to be absolutely sure of what you are doing. However, you need not worry about the “how and when” pruning should be administered on your shrub, our ISA Certified Arborists would take all of these into account whenever they visit your property. Contact us at Paperline Tree service let’s give them love and attention that your shrub needs.