Why prune trees, hedges & shrubs in winter – which to tackle and which to call in Proasis to help you out with.

Pruning can promote health in a tree, hedge & shrub help it produce more fruit, grow fuller and most importantly remove disease.

Winter allows you to see the trunks and bare stems so you can shape easier however that doesn’t mean start pruning everything back.

When shrubs or trees are newly planted it’s important to encourage formation of a good root system. New shrubs should be cut back to a few buds so that the plant can devote its energy to putting down roots in the first season. New fruit bushes should be thinned to just three branches. Newly planted trees should be pruned to reduce the ‘sail’ effect of top growth, preventing wind rock.

On plants where growth is constantly renewed from ground level, the weak, spindly shoots should be removed, as well as some of the oldest stems. Oldest shoots should be thinned out to prevent overcrowding. Simply remove large branches from older shrubs.

Having established the main framework by tying in major branches to the support, side shoots should be reduced to two or three buds to make short spurs. Much of the work should be done in August and September, but it can be continued into winter.

Diseased branches should be pruned out to maintain the health of many trees and shrubs, removing any dead, dying or diseased branches. Apples and pears should be pruned to remove branches infected with canker.

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