Your Garden Deserves A Haircut Too

Your Garden Deserves A Haircut Too

Nov 24

Your Garden Deserves A Haircut TooDid you forget I need a haircut too?

If only garden plants can talk, you’ve probably heard them tell you this.

I thought of this while I was peering over my neighbor’s backyard garden. A certified green thumb and garden lover, I find it unsettling seeing a poorly maintained garden. I’m even thinking of volunteering to prune their foliage.

For this post, let me remind you how important pruning is (in case some of you don’t know it yet or forgot about it.)

Pruning is necessary not just for keeping the garden look good but also to keep your plants healthy and allow it to grow better. While it may seem counterintuitive, regularly cutting plants back is beneficial for its growth. This makes it important to invest on basic gardening tools, particularly pruning tools. A pole saw can help simplify pruning of tall trees and garden plants – a common problem that beset many garden owners. If you don’t own one yet, you can visit this review site to learn more about the different brands and models of pole saws.

Before you even think about it, pruning is not just randomly cutting parts of a plant. When you prune plants, you have to be careful which parts to cut, which to spare, and when to do it. Some vital things to consider include the desired shape of the plant and how you want it to grow back.

Usually, the extent of pruning depends on the type of plant. For instance, flowering plants only require removing the weak or dead parts. Meanwhile, grass and other shrubberies often need to be cut back to the ground to allow new sprouts to replace the older ones.

I’ve read that pruning actually hurts a plant (as if anyone has felt how it is to become a plant?). Well, it obviously wounds the plant but if done properly it shouldn’t harm the overall health of the plant. On the contrary, it should allow the natural healing process, which enables healthy growth. Have you ever noticed how flowering plants produce more flowers after pruning? The same is true with fruit-bearing trees and most other plants.

Pruning may also be necessary for safety reasons. Some trees can grow very tall interfering with power lines and putting people nearby at risk. Trees can also pose risk to your home, such as possible debris from the tree in case of strong winds.

Usually, pruning is best done during the dormant period of the plant (winter, early spring and fall). But this is not the case for all plants. There are plants, such as shrubs and spring blooming trees, that produce new buds once the old ones fall off. Prune these plants just after flowering. There are also some plants that need to be pruned continuously to keep them healthy.

But what if you pruned at the wrong time? There should be no problem as plants have incredible healing capacity. Pruning, no matter how odd or poorly done, is rarely fatal. Most plants recover but only after some time. To avoid worries, it would help to do some readings before you take out the pruning shears.