How to Prune Your Trees DIY Tips

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Best way to prune your trees DIY

Pruning is a good way to change the form and growth of your plant. It can be considered as preventive maintenance for both insects and disease damages. You can prevent a lot of problems by pruning your trees in the right way. Usually, the late dormant season is the preferable time for most pruning. Pruning your trees correctly helps in the removal of dead branches or those affected by storms, animals, or any other mechanical damages. However, it is recommended to avoid topping. It can lead to deterioration of health as well as the natural shape of a plant.

Deciding what to prune

Not only fruit plants are the ones in need of pruning during autumn. Other plants need pruning to grow better and get a good shape. Spring flowering natives can be cut by about a third so that their seed heads are removed. Hedges can be trimmed so that new growth can be hardened up a little before winter and is ready to burst in spring. Your garden looks better and protects your plants all around the year. Also, as you prune your plants, more light and air penetrates, and the risks of your plants getting diseases get lower.

Choosing the time to prune

Pruning is recommended when trees are most active. Usually, it is good to prune during the summer and autumn months. However, choosing what time of the year to prune is highly dependent on your reasons for pruning. For instance, if you’re planning to remove a tree because it's diseased and damaged, what time you choose to do pruning doesn’t matter. If you want to do pruning for the better growth of your tree, it is best to choose the timing wisely.

Thinning a dense tree

If your tree has become dense and is completely blocking the view, you can consider removing the entire branches that are overgrown. Make proper cuts at a joint and you will be able to see through the tree easily. It is recommended to get a partner when pruning or thinning a tree down. Before you start to cut the tree, have someone look at the tree and ensure that you’re not cutting down any significant part of the tree.

Protection of the trunk

While you’re busy removing branches of your tree, you must ensure that the stem or trunk is left alone so that the tree grows well. You should make all the cuts from the branch side of the stem collar as it is believed to be a safe and better way to trim your tree.

Pruning basics to consider

Most plants have a particular need for pruning but some general guidelines must be considered but performing a tree removal job. Following are some basics you should keep in mind while pruning a tree:

  • Sharpen the cutting tools before pruning so that tearing bark risk is minimized
  • Disinfect your tools so that there are no chances of spreading disease. You can wipe them with disinfectant wipes or dip them into a diluted bleach bucket.
  • Make clean cuts such that you’re cutting near the node or close to the trunk. It is not good to leave stubs on the tree side as it invites diseases.
  • If you’re removing a thick tree branch, do that in stages.
  • Use a sharp knife to trim jagged edges.
  • As you’re done pruning, check the condition of your plant and aerate the soil, and water it if needed.


Don’t over prune

If you’re sure what parts of the tree you’re going to cut, trim it as little as possible. Make sure you don’t over prune your tree as it will lead to vulnerability to diseases and insects. Also, don’t prune more than 25% of the crown and ensure that the branches of the tree make up at least two-thirds of the height of your tree.


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