To Prune or not to Prune?

Tree PruningPruning is a critical component of an effective landscaping strategy.  Pruning of any kind of plant or tree, however, requires proper technique.  In most cases, it is better to not prune than to do so incorrectly.  Since plants are "untouched" in nature they grow normally; however, when pruned incorrectly, the plant can become fragile, disfigured and, ultimately, ruined.

Proper pruning, nevertheless, yields beneficial results.  When done with the proper technique, pruning will improve the appearance, health, and longevity of your landscape.  Pruning will also help to:

  • "Train" the plant
  • Maintain overall plant health, development and appearance by allowing the plant to be in direct sunlight
  • Improve the quality of flowers, fruit, foliage and stems
  • Restrict growth

Like any form of landscaping, a strategy should be developed before embarking on the pruning process.  Cuts should be minimized and the ‘growth habit’ of a plant should be fully understood before cuts are made. 

For trees, the most effective time to prune is when the tree is dormant – late fall to early spring.  Since the tree is not active during this dormant time, removing limbs and branches will be least stressful. 

There are various pruning techniques for different plants. You wouldn’t use the same technique with a shrub as you would with a broad-leafed evergreen.  Remember to consult a landscaping professional like Arbor Tree Services if you are in doubt about the pruning process.  We will be glad to help.