Late winter pruning is often recommended for many trees and shrubs. Pruning the plants while they are dormant is less stressful for the plant and it’s also easier to view the structure of deciduous trees and shrubs without their leaves. It’s also a time of the year when late winter sunshine makes us all long to be in our gardens and pruning is an excellent job to get us out there.
The simplest tool, but the hardest to choose is the hand pruner. There are two distinct styles of hand pruners: the anvil type and the bypass. The anvil pruner is good for pruning deadwood or undesirable growth. For more valuable specimens anvil pruners tend to smash the wood during cutting, leaving the wound open to insects and disease. Bypass pruners are like a pair of scissors and give you an easier, cleaner, healthier cut. All of our best pruners are bypass type and we carry a good selection of Felco pruners that most professionals prefer.
Another tool that comes in handy is the lopping shear. They are used for making larger cuts up to 1-1/2″ in diameter. They are also excellent for clearing away undesirable growth in your yard.
The last tool you’ll need is a pole pruner. It is a combination lopping shear and pruning saw. The pole pruner extends out to twelve feet and can be used for making small cosmetic cuts or larger limb removals.
To learn more about pruning specific trees or shrubs, please stop in or give us a call. While many plants can be pruned now, other spring-blooming trees and shrubs like forsythia, azaleas and rhododendron should not be pruned at this time of year.