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Wondering how and when you should prune your trees and shrubs? The landscape professionals at Five Seasons Landscape Management in Columbus, Ohio, can help!

The fall of snow may not make you think of gardening, but once the snow has melted, smart folks latch on to their pruning shears to correct their shrub and tree problems. Keeping your shrubs and ornamental trees in shape requires time and patience. But by keeping your plants properly trimmed and pruned, they can remain attractive throughout the growing season.

Pruning SawProtect Your Trees and Shrubs in the Winter
Pruning protects trees and shrubs from dangerous snow and ice buildup during the winter which reduces the potential for damage. You can prune ornamental trees and bushes to thin them and remove any dead or damaged limbs. Pruning helps hedges because it helps keep them the desired size and shape.

Corrective Tree Pruning
Corrective pruning is removing the sections of the plant that aren’t growing as you would like. These may be branches that interfere with other branches, those that rub against the house or branches that overhang a walkway or roof. You can decide which ones to remove, but first examine the plant carefully to visualize how it will look after you’ve finished.

Pruning to Remove Plant Disease
Pruning not only removes dead or broken branches but also those with heavy disease or insect infestations. Oyster shell scale in lilac, for example, can be diminished by pruning. Scale often is heaviest on the older canes, so by removing them in the fall or winter, you can control scale buildup the following season. By pruning, you may also reduce the need to apply pesticides, and you’ll be thinning the shrub which allows more light penetration. The result will be a healthier plant.

Pruning ShearsPruning Overgrown Shrubs
To prune large, overgrown shrubs during the winter, thin them selectively rather than shearing them at the top. Selective thinning will reduce the plant’s size without affecting its overall shape.

Pruning Flowering Plants and Trees
Selective thinning is especially beneficial for flowering shrubs because you are able to remove some of the stalks or branches without significantly reducing spring flowering. Plants such as lilac and forsythia, as well as flowering trees, have already formed their flowers for next year. These flowers are tightly encased in buds that, often, are near the tip of the plant. Shearing such plants will reduce, if not destroy, next year’s bloom. That’s why you should remove only dead, dying or interfering branches at this time of year.


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