What is Pruning? Importance & Benefits

To keep gardens, trees and shrubs healthy and in good condition, they need regular maintenance and some TLC. Pruning plays an important role in maintaining your garden and yard. In this post, you’ll discover more about pruning, why it’s necessary, types of pruning and the benefits of doing so.

What Is Pruning?

Pruning is the act of trimming leaves, branches and dead matter from plants. To prune is to chop, cut, slice, trim, clip and so on. It’s kind of like giving your plants and trees a haircut and a tidy up. As mentioned at the start, it’s a process that should be performed on a fairly regular basis.

What Are the Benefits of Pruning?

There are a number of pruning benefits. For a start, when you prune you can recreate the general shape of your plants, making them appear neater and more attractive. Trimming away dead leaves and branches also improves the appearance. Additionally, this helps the plant’s overall health.
Another benefit of pruning is to promote growth. When diseased or dead portions of a plant or tree are removed, more nutrients are fed to the healthy sections, encouraging growth. It can also result in a fuller, bushier look to the plant.

While pruning is often about aesthetics, there is more to it than that.

What Is the Importance of Pruning?

One very important result of pruning is it can help keep pests out of your plants. Often you’ll discover pests and unwanted insects are attracted to dead and decaying plant matter, so pruning these sections off and disposing of them helps with garden pest control.
If there are diseased sections of a plant, shrub or tree, if left unattended, the disease could spread to the rest of the plant, or even surrounding plant life. The result of this can be a very unhappy and unsightly garden.
You also need to consider people and pets wandering around your yard and garden. Having tree branches and other obstacles jutting out beyond the garden bed could cause an injury, so improved safety is also a positive byproduct of pruning.

What Types of Pruning Are There?

There are a number of different types of pruning and just some include:

  • Structural pruning
  • Directional pruning
  • Deadwooding
  • Canopy cleaning
  • And more…

Deadwooding simply involves the trimming away of dead branches and plant matter, whereas structural pruning means to cut back the stems so they are shorter than the leading stem. This maintains a better shape and encourages the plant or tree to grow taller.
With directional pruning, you are shaping a shrub to grow in a certain direction, which could be straight up or out on an angle.

Call In the Pruning Experts

While some people may enjoy being out and about in their gardens doing some pruning, if it’s not your thing or you simply don’t have the time, give the friendly team at Hort Culture a call. We’re your local pruning specialists, with expert workmanship and fair prices. We also have the equipment to prune everything from small plants to tall trees.

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