Aside from the obvious reasons (the appearance of your trees and shrubs) trimming and pruning is exceptionally beneficial, both to trees and shrubs in more than one way. Often plant maintenance is overlooked and for the average homeowner it can be tough to know when a tree or shrub is in need of trimming or pruning. Below we have explained the importance/benefits and just exactly when you should be trimming and pruning your plants.
Why Trim & Prune?
- Pest & Insect Control: If the insects on your property are not controlled they pose as a serious concern. While the insects might not kill off the plant, they can spread diseases, which results in weakening the plant and increase the possibility of falling branches. Trimming and pruning both trees and shrubs allows the proper airflow in the plant and decreases the number of insects.
- Protection: Dead and diseased branches are exceptionally hazardous to both your home and your family’s safety. Loss in shape can cause the plant to weaken and not have the strength to support the entire plant. Vines and climbing plants should be trimmed regularly, especially if they are closely located to your homes siding. This prevents over growth, which can lead to growing underneath the siding and drawing it away from the foundation.
- Correct Growth: Plants need the proper maintenance for adequate growth. Apart from promoting a fuller appearance, pruning makes the tree/shrub grow stronger thus providing the proper health of the plant. Young plants will benefit the most in the long run and will require less corrective pruning as the plant matures.
Proper Trimming & Pruning Will:
- Improve the overall health of your trees by eliminating branches that are dead. Dead or dying branches can lead to further decay and risk the health of the plant
- Improve the overall appearance and structure of the plant; which prevents weak branches competing for space in the crown
- Increase sun exposure and air circulation throughout the tree; which improves the trees health
- Improve the size and quality of the crop in Fruit trees
It is important to know different trees and shrubs should be pruned at different times of the year.
- Those that flower/bloom in spring should be pruned when their flowers fade
- Those that flower/bloom mid to late summer should be pruned in winter or beginning of spring
NOTE: Some species of trees; for example Birch or maple trees pruned during the early spring release sap excessively. Don’t be alarmed if you notice this, it does not do any damage to the tree and should not be of any concern.