Tips for Trimming Your Garden’s Trees and Shrubs

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If you are new to gardening or this particular aspect of it, here are some overarching ideas to consider. However, this should be taken with a grain of salt and tempered by research into the individual plant in question. Remember that there is some debate over pruning advice because not all experts agree on these things.

For the record, no article of this type should be used as a substitute for professional advice when pruning a specific plant, tree, bush, or shrub.

Because each species’ characteristics will be well-documented, including detailed instructions for pruning.

Everything changes with the seasons, and the seasons change depending on where you are. Obviously, the winter in Victoria is going to pose a different problem than the one in tropical Far North Queensland!

Many species, however, benefit most from being pruned during their dormant or waning growth phase. That time of year is typically around the time of year when autumn changes to winter for many different kinds.

In these cases, pruning should be done as the plant emerges from its dormant phase, when it is at its most vigorous and best able to heal from cuts.

Many people recommend doing any necessary pruning in the winter because it is also the time of year when many pests, viruses, and other types of “nasty” are dormant or otherwise not a threat.

Pruning is the process of creating tiny cuts in a plant. This is a potential entryway for a wide variety of threats to enter and assault the system. The idea is that if the harmful organisms are also dormant, the plant will have time to self-heal the wound before being attacked.

Sometimes, typically with more extensive tree pruning jobs, it is possible to cover ‘the wound’ with various products meant to prevent infestation and infection on the site. Many people refer to them as sealants or a related term.

Many different types of natural products, as well as tar and other high-tech solutions like aerosols, have been used for this purpose over the centuries.

But, is it wise to do this? As for who to believe… well, that’s up for debate.

Most modern gardening experts will warn against using sealants on trees and shrubs, claiming that doing so will only prevent the plant from mending itself. Many people, however, continue to insist that the opposite is true.

You’ll have to do your own investigating and come up with your own conclusion. Your local supplier of Krone hay equipment or agricultural machinery is another excellent resource for information and advice.

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