Read about pruning flowering shrubs, trimming
outdoor flowering shrubs. Here you will get information about the tools
for pruning flowering shrubs.
Pruning Flowering Shrubs
Pruning give a shape to the shrubs and trees and it
is a common term for every gardener. Though it is a familiar term but it
is practiced in a most improper way, which prevents the healthy growth
Plants should be pruned before it grows to its full size. Sometimes you
need to replace the plant when it grows larger than the normal pruning
period. Planting dwarf plants is also a better idea because avoid the
hassles of pruning at regular intervals. You can get plenty of
information about dwarf plants in our other section.
Types of tools required for pruning plants
- Anvil type hand shears
- Scissors type hand shears.
- Lopping shears.
- Pruning saw.
- Hedge shears.
The adequate tool for trimming your outdoor plant
- Anvil type hand shears are the most well known tool for general
pruning. It is used to cut branches that are of ¾ inch in
- Scissors type hand shears is required for close pruning and
- Lopping shears are required for trimming the branches that ¾
inches to 1and ½ inches in diameter.
Pruning saws are suitable to cut the branches that
are larger than 1 and ½ inches in diameter.
Hedge shears are used for trimming already shaped plants. They cannot
be used for any other pruning purpose.
Caring of your pruning tools
- The tools that are been used to trim outdoor shrubs or prune
plants should be always sharp.
- Always clean your entire trimming tools with denatured alcohol
specially after pruning infected plants or shrubs.
Adequate time of pruning
- The ideal time for pruning the plants is the early springtime
when the plants are inactive.
- Pruning of the flowering shrubs should be done while the blooming
is over for that particular season. They can be pruned but then the
flowering will again become inactive for that particular season.
- It is better not to do excess pruning in late summer or early
fall as it will destroy the flowering by excess freezing.