Good gardening isn’t just about maintaining the suitable soil, sunlight, temperature and water levels to keep plants healthy. You’ll need to cut or break a few branches to ensure nutrients are flowing to the right parts of the plant. We’re talking, of course, about pruning – a vital part of landscape design. Let’s take a look at how pruning your precious plants makes them safe and even more beautiful than before.
Prevents Stunted Growth
There comes a time when trees and plants reach an oversaturation of branches and leaves. Yes, these look bountiful, but over time these will dry up, flake off and leave portions of foliage looking incomplete when viewed. While these could probably be due to moisture stress, too many branches, leaves and flowers to sustain may lead to an imbalance.
These dead branches in your landscaped design must be pruned when they no longer bear leaves and flowers to sprout more foliage. While those barks may look dry and stiff on the outside, cutting them reveals a green, fleshy sap ready to branch out into stems that produce new foliage!
Prevents Wasted Nutrients
Even if unfruitful barks may have fresh saps underneath, you’ll notice some stems with brown insides upon pruning. These indicate a branch has completely dried up and no longer receives nutrients to bear leaves or flowers.
Identifying these areas lets you know how many healthy branches your plant still has and prevents wasted nutrients from travelling to a dead stem, ensuring only active, pruned branches can produce foliage.
Prevents Physical Harm
Branch overgrowth can cause serious harm to visitors, especially if they are dead stems. Branches that don’t produce leaves and flowers but still retain a living pulp will break easily upon contact and cause bruises and scratches.
On the other hand, inactive stems are much sharper and deadlier since they are dry. They can pierce the skin and other exposed body parts such as the eyes, nose and ears.
Pruning these dead stems to keep your landscaped design accident-free.
If your plant is fruit-bearing, pruning enables the plant to direct nutrients to the necessary stems and create produce! The exact reasons for efficiency and growth apply here. Too many branches result in plant malnutrition, leading to mediocre crops during harvest. Pruning fruit-bearing trees may mean lesser yield quantities but guarantees long-term, higher-quality produce.
Taking out dead stems also protects the landscaped design from diseases! Pruning reduces the amount of shade and allows sunlight to pass through the branches, preventing fungi growth and infection, which leads to Phytophthora, a condition evidenced through brown or dark patches on healthy green leaves or produce.
If a branch is infected, pruning prevents the disease from spreading from other parts of the tree. Yes, it might mean removing around 20 to 40 per cent of your plant, but maintaining the remainder’s health is worth the sacrifice.
Another reason to prune your plants is pest prevention! Moths, dragonflies, scarabs and sucking lice are just some of the pesky insects that ruin crops and foliage! They can eat your leaves, fruits or turn your tree into a home, ruining all your hard work and maintenance! Pruning keeps your trees and plants at a proportion that does not attract insects to turn them into their habitat.
Time to Prune
If you’ve noticed any (or all) of these problems with your plants, it’s time to get your pruning shears and start chopping away at those dead branches. It may feel like hurting your baby blossoms at every cut, but trust us when we guarantee it leads to a safer, healthier-looking and more bountiful garden!
For more great garden tips from the best landscapers in Sydney, contact Northside Tree and Garden Services today! With a range of high-quality tree services and solutions, our team can undoubtedly tailor to your unique gardening needs and budget. Get a free quote from us right now!