Donna C. Pare, adjunct Assistant Professor Ornamental Horticulture and Landscape Design
Pruning is one of the most important cultural practices in the landscape. Rarely will you find a tree, shrub or vine that does not need some pruning each year, while some may only need light pruning each season. Proper pruning will help produce a more attractive, vigorous and well-formed plant. Correct pruning may add years to the usefulness of the plant. The plant's inherent characteristics, such as natural canopy form, rate of growth, height, spread and time of flowering, should be considered prior to pruning.
Many plants benefit from early pruning when they are young. Pruning low branches on shrubs will increase the branching structure near the ground, resulting in a more compact plant. Pruning young trees correctly will ensure a straight center leader and scaffold branching. Trees need to be pruned correctly as they grow to eliminate massive corrective pruning when they are mature.
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