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Tips on Shrubs Pruning When homeowners say they are planning on pruning their shrubs, they often mean they are going to ‘shear’ their shrubs. Inasmuch as shearing has its uses in landscaping, it is almost always done for aesthetic reasons and infrequently results in a plant that was wholesome. Pruning on the other hand, if done correctly, leaves the plant more healthy and shaped according to its natural shape. Good pruning consistently results in the more vigorous plant that is healthier. The right pruning also leaves the shrub in its authentic form, not shaped into something it is not. Any pruning should begin with the removal of any dead or crossing branches. Crossing branches are branches that grow crossing the inside of the shrub or inward toward towards it. These are not useful and may inhibit the development of desirable branches by shading the interior of the plant. Once the dead and crossing branches are removed, you’ll need to determine which type of pruning the shrub needs: rejuvenation or maintenance pruning.
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Maintenance pruning is needed a couple of times annually and requires just removing unwanted branches to maintain a natural shape. Search for long branches that seem out of place. Reach to the middle of the plant when removing in order to find the natural branching point. That is the area you need to make the cut.
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The cut should be in a manner that allows water to run off. Make the cut 1/4 of an inch above the bud node. The bud node is where there will be the start of growth, so select a node pointing in the direction of the desired growth. Settling upon a node pointed toward the middle of the plant can lead to a branch that is crossing. Rejuvenation pruning, on the other hand, should be carried out on older plants. As plants age, main branches or stems lose their vigor and start to become unproductive. Rejuvenation pruning means just what it says, it rejuvenates old plants by returning them to their previous energy and shape. There are two ways to try it; one extreme and the other less extreme. Sometimes called renewal pruning, this drastic pruning involves cutting the plant completely back to a height between 6 to 12 inches. Since this might be very hard on a plant, it is not suitable for all shrubs, so talk with your local extension agent, nursery or do your own research. As the plant will be needing time to recuperate, time can also be crucial with such a pruning. In the event the plant continues to be fairly vigorous, in the event that you would like to rejuvenate the shrub but nevertheless keep its form or in the event the shrub cannot manage a severe cutback, it is possible to do a less severe long-term rejuvenation. Adhering to these simple techniques will keep your shrubs healthy, vigorous and, if flowering shrubs, covered in flowers at all times.