Pruning can be done to both regular fruit trees and ornamental plants since most of the pruning techniques are basically the same with very small differences from tree to tree. There are a few techniques though, that are specific for certain plants, because they intend to get a specific result. It is essential for fruit trees to be pruned in order to guarantee and improve the crops, but for other plants it is more a matter of only trimming to leave the inner branches breathe, or to keep a specific shape for aesthetic reasons and most of all, in these last cases, it is not necessary to do it with a constant and regular frequency.

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Techniques in pruning can vary depending on the species to be treated. The method is the first choice to make: the cut can be done by shortening the branches, trimming the tops, cutting the leaves, and the folding can be performed turning the branches, dressing, and thinning the fruits from the plants. Whenever a pruning is performed the consequences must be taken in consideration. Each technique is performed in order to get a specific result. In fact, trimming, leaving some buds or trimming leaving no buds, for example will affect the future of the plants.

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  • Autumn pruning The autumn is the time to prune shrubs that bloom in spring or summer, to encourage the development of compact vegetation. Proceed by shortening each branching section by about one third or one quarte...
  • Green pruning Green pruning is done in late spring or summer. It is called green because it occurs on plants that have already finished most of their development in the spring, and so they are already full of lush ...

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TimeDepending on the purposes and the type of pruning, such as formation pruning, maintenance pruning, production and so on, other than techniques and purposes, you should take in consideration the timing. There are not precise periods to trim, but you have to have in mind why you are about to prune. The winter season is the ideal time to prune your plants because they tend to rest without getting affected by the cutting of branches or leaves. When pruning is done during the summer, it is generally done to trim leaves and fruits. Some plants need a specific pruning session before the fructifying period, others need to be trimmed once they are done with the production, and ornamental plants need to be pruned whenever they are going out of the original shape or when they need to be refreshed and rejuvenated.

Pruning: Tools

Pruning needs tools, of course. Shears, pruning machines for big crops, scissors, saws, hatchets are all you need. Depending on which plants you are about to prune, the results you would like to get and other characteristics, be sure you will use the correct tool in order to keep both yourself and the plant safe. In fact, if the pruning is done correctly, you will soon see the benefits appearing on your plant, otherwise, you will see the worst consequences, like parasites or diseases, attacking your plants, attracted by the frailty of the plant itself.