The goal of pruning is to improve the overall health and usefulness of a plant:

  • Prune to correct broken or damaged branches.
  • Prune to remove diseased portions of a plant.
  • Prune to control the size and shape of a plant.
  • Prune fruit trees to keep it easier to harvest the delicious fruit.

Pruning by the Pros

Plant materials grown by a quality grower will have been pruned correctly from the start, so you shouldn’t need to worry about corrective pruning for a while. A good example is shrubs. Plant nursery staff work to encourage branching lower to the ground, so the plants don’t have voids and aren’t "leggy". For trees, the nurseries prune for nice straight single leaders and uniform, open branching.

Tree Pruning Tips

After you plant your trees, you should pay attention to your plants as they

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