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Pruning Ornamental Plants

Pruning Ornamental Plants

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Published by: Kirk's Lawn Care on Oct 13, 2011
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COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCESAGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
PruningOrnamentalPlants
 
Prepared by James C. Sellmer, assistant professor of ornamentalhorticulture; Vincent J. Cotrone, Luzerne County urban forestryeducator; Martin R. McGann, associate professor of landscapecontracting; and J. Robert Nuss, professor emeritus of ornamen-tal horticulture
 
CONTENTS
Introduction ........................................................................ 2Pruning Myths .................................................................... 3Impact of Pruning ................................................................ 3Reasons to Prune ................................................................ 5Pruning Tools ...................................................................... 5
Hand pruners...................................................................................5Lopping shears.................................................................................6Pruning saws...................................................................................6Pruning knives.................................................................................6Pole pruners....................................................................................6Hedge shears...................................................................................6
Pruning Techniques .............................................................. 6
Pinching..........................................................................................8Rejuvenation pruning.......................................................................8Renewal pruning..............................................................................8 Thinning..........................................................................................8 Thinning cuts...................................................................................8Reduction cuts................................................................................10Heading cuts..................................................................................10Shearing........................................................................................10 Three cut method for removing large limbs....................................11
When to Prune .................................................................. 12Pruning Deciduous Shrubs and Trees ................................... 13
Deciduous shrubs...........................................................................13Deciduous trees.............................................................................13Shade trees....................................................................................16Small flowering trees.....................................................................16
Pruning Evergreen Shrubs .................................................. 16
Broadleaf evergreen shrubs...........................................................17Narrowleaf evergreen shrubs.........................................................17
Pruning Evergreen Trees .................................................... 17Pruning Vines.................................................................... 19Pruning Ground Covers ...................................................... 19Specialty Pruning............................................................... 20
Hedges..........................................................................................20Espalier.........................................................................................20 Topiary..........................................................................................20
Pruning Roses ................................................................... 20
Bush roses.....................................................................................21Rambling and climbing roses..........................................................21
Basic Safety Rules for Pruning ........................................... 22Pruning Don’ts Reviewed .................................................. 22Pruning Terminology .......................................................... 23
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