How to Prune Trees and Shrubs

How to Prune Trees and Shrubs

Learn how to prune trees and shrubs to keep them in good shape in these step-by-step directions.

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required

  • Pruning shears
  • Loppers

Materials Required

  • Gardening gloves
  • Step 1 : Trim a tree branch

    Trim a tree branch

    Use pruning shears to thin branches and direct a tree's growth by cutting it next to the main stem. Hold the shears next to the main branch with the cutting blade close to and parallel with the branch. Use loppers to thin thicker branches.

  • Step 2 : Trim a shrub

    Remove internal branches to break up a dense mass of them. Remove any dead growth on branches and any that touch the ground.

  • Step 3 : Cut a branch shorter

    Cut a branch shorter

    Cut at a slight angle about 1/4 inch above a bud so the cut leads back to the bud or cluster of buds which promotes more bud growth.

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