Here are my best pruning tips for the backyard garden and these should keep you out of trouble.
Pruning plants is often seen as an arcane art but in reality it’s common sense and understanding a few basic principles for 99% of all garden work.
The really first thing to understand is that most plants are fairly flexible about how they’re pruned and while there are “better” ways and shapes, most plants will recover nicely should you make a mistake or slight miscalculation. It’s not rocket science folks.
Watch This Video!.
This short pruning video explains almost everything you need to know about pruning any plant in your garden.
If you do nothing else on this page – watch this 2 minute video.
Here are five guidelines for pruning bushes the homeowner really needs to understand. For example, there are some shrubs you prune first thing in the spring and some right after blooms. Make a mistake with this and it will cost you a year’s flowers. It’s easy to do when you think about it.
Basic practical pruning advice in a short article and video. Click here.
How To pick hand pruning shears that will work for you. It’s really useful to understand the different between good shears and poor ones (and the difference they make on your hands) Click here what differentiates different kinds of hand pruning shears. Note that cheaper doesn’t mean better nor the reverse.
Good pruning equipment makes the job so much easier it’s not funny. I’ve tested a ton of tools and now use a select number. (Mostly made by Felco or Fiskars I note)
Felco pruning shears are pro quality and the next time you go to a real nursery (not a box store but one where they grow plants) check out the pruning shears on their hips. I can guarantee they’ll be this gardening tool.
The second set of hand pruning shears I own is from Fiskars and having used them for several months in our Florida garden, I can say they’re a good pruning tool for home gardeners. Check out the review and comments here.
Pole Pruners: are useful but come with serious concerns and warnings. I have two different kinds but only recommend one for home gardeners.