Dickie’s special pruning tips!
The Dickies Trees Team know the secret to abundant and long lasting trees…pruning!
Pruning should be a consistent part of your gardening routine. With this one simple task your plants and trees will look rejuvenated all year round. If you were wondering, pruning is the selective removal of plant parts to train young plants, invigorate old plants, size control and one of the most important…prevent injury from occurring due to old branches (that should have been pruned) falling.
Keep reading and discover some special Dickies pruning tips!
- Be savvy
Even though pruning is a quick and easy job you can safely do at home, we can’t stress enough that you never try and prune large trees with big and heavy branches. This can result in serious injury to you, loved ones or your home. Always call qualified arborists like us here at Dickies Trees. Our 30 years of experience has made us pretty wise, we know that DIY tree pruning has resulted in serious injury. It’s not worth it!
- Understand the needs of your plants
Aussie plants that we love having in our garden are not maintenance free, it may seem easy to “plant and forget”, although this will decrease your plants life expectancy and their overall health – which results in plants that look sad and dreary. When you buy a new plant, quickly research it, this will help you understand how much tender loving care it will need to look its best and live longer.
- Have the right equipment
Using the right equipment doesn’t only keep you safe, but it ensures your plants will look the best. Strong gloves and sturdy clothing to protect your hands and body from plant material and sharp cutting edges is important if you’re doing a big job. Secateurs, Long handled pruners and hedge shears are the most common tools, and pretty much all you need. These 3 tools will allow you to prune and trim common house hold plants.
- The right pruning technique for the right plant
If you are pruning to improve flowering, then wait until the plant had produced it’s flowers. This way it wont use up it’s energy. If you are pruning to remove insect-infested branches or leaves, then prune as close to the branch or leaf stem as possible. And for general pruning to invigorate plants, then make sure you prune the whole plant or shrub at the same time, this ensures even growth over the whole plant. If you have hedge plants, then pruning can be used to make their growth thicker and denser. To do this just prune the exterior of the plant in a consistent shape. And lastly, avoid pruning too much in winter as the fresh new growth could die due to cold temperatures.
At the end of the day, pruning and gardening can be a great hobby and way to be active and spend time outside. Grab a hat, a bottle of water and enjoy the fresh air. But remember…leave the tricky trees to us.
Give our friendly team a call to discuss your tree requirements.