XERISCAPE: LANDSCAPING WITH STYLE in the ARIZONA DESERT

       


PRUNING TIPS FOR TREES
  • Leaving growth on lower tree trunks for one to two years results in increased trunk size and strength.
  • It is preferable to prune trees while they are still fairly young (but older than one year). This will minimize the exposed or "wounded" area and speed healing.
  • Use appropriate tools that are properly sharpened. This will expedite the pruning process and will minimize damage to trees and shrubs. A pruning saw is best for limbs over one inch in diameter. Pruning loppers are good for mid-sized limbs, 1/2 to one inch in diameter, and pruning shears are best for thinner branches, 1/2 inch in diameter or smaller.
  • Be alert and careful. Wear protective gear: a hat, glasses and gloves. Don't work when you are tired.
  • Do not work near power lines. For large or difficult pruning jobs, consider hiring a certified arborist.
  • Prune deciduous trees during their dormant period.
  • Prune trees sparingly during the summer to avoid sunburn on trunks.
  • If a large pruning job is necessary, complete it in stages, preferably over a period of a few months. Don't remove more than 1/3 of the plant's mass during any one season.
  • Use of pruning paint or sealant is not recommended.
  • When in doubt, don't prune.


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Additional Resources:
Landscape Plants for the Arizona DesertTrees: Prune Now, Pay Later
Pruning RecommendationsPondering Pruning Your Plants?
Pruning Schedule: When and how to prune your plants
 
 


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