Pruning is something most horticulturists or competent amateur gardeners carry out. It is important to prune to remove dead or diseased branches, maintain a nice shape, increase the quality and quantity of fruit or flowers produced, and to keep the plant healthy. In some cases this can be achieved by improving the structure to let more light and air in, which helps prevent the spread of diseases. The pruning of trees is equally important, helping to reduce the risk of falling branches and wind rock, or in some cases reducing the overall size of the tree so that it doesn’t out grow its location. In some circumstances the shrub or tree may have to be removed all together, it could have become rotten or could have contracted a disease, and therefore must be removed to prevent the spreading of the disease. Different types of plants/trees need different types of pruning, however hedges are normally maintained with hedge trimmers as opposed to pruning.
Types of Pruning
In most cases light pruning can be carried out at any time of year. Heavy pruning or the pruning of large branches on trees is best carried out during winter while the tree is dormant. Plant species that are prone to frost damage should generally be pruned after flowering in midsummer. Experts recommend avoiding pruning in autumn as there are a lot of fungal spores in the air, and the risk of infection and disease in too high at this time. A different array of tools are required for pruning tasks, these can range from secateurs, loppers and pruning saws, to chainsaws and petrol driven pole saws. Also a good set of gardeners steps with an adjustable working height of up to 20 foot are necessary for hard to reach branches or climbers.
We have the expertise and equipment for all pruning and hedge cutting requirements, so if you don’t feel comfortable with working at height, or don’t feel confident with various methods of pruning, you can always rely on us to get the job done properly.
We keep all our pruning equipment clean and sharp to reduce the chance of infection.