3 Quick Tips for Pruning Trees and Shrubs

Even though I’m a Certified Desert Landscaper, I still take classes to refresh my learning and stay ahead of the latest stuff.  That’s how I landed in a classroom down at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix for a “Pruning Trees & Shrubs” class on Sunday.  From certified arborist John Eisenhower of Integrity Tree Service, we received some great pruning tips:

  1. Select plants carefully.  Planting trees and shrubs where they can freely grow to their mature size will reduce the amount of pruning that you’ll need to do later on.  
  2. Define your pruning goal.  Pruning should be done for safety reasons, to improve the health of the plant, or for aesthetic reasons.  Pruning should not be done when armed with a lopper and sporting a crazy look in your eyes.
  3. Less is more.  As a general rule, no more than 25% of a tree or shrub should be removed during pruning.  A tree trunk with three stubs where branches used to be is…well, it’s just over the top.

But there’s so much more.  Check out the “Pruning Trees and Shrubs” class (and all the classes) at the Desert Botanical Garden.  Even if you don’t intend to do the pruning yourself, you’ll learn enough about pruning to know what to look for and to hire knowledgeable professionals.

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