Spring and Fall are excellent times to prune trees! It gives cut branches time to mend before the stress of Summer and Winter. We are pruning our Oak tree because the lower branches are reaching into the sidewalk area. Do-it-yourself pruning will save hundreds of dollars over the long-term. Use a quality pair of tree pruning loppers such as Fiskars 14 Foot Power-Lever Tree Pruner (93016059J).
For beginner gardeners, the 3 most important aspects of pruning are:
- Make sure the pruning shears are clean
- Make sure the pruning shears have a sharp edge
- Make sure to cut “on the slant”
Always start with clean pruning shears such as Fiskars 25-33 Inch Power-Lever Extendable Hedge Shear (9169). Be sure to clean with a soapy solution and water. This prevents disease from transferring to other trees, shrubs, or plants! To see more pruning videos, visit our Gardening Channel to watch our Pruning Playlist!