Learn how pruning and deadheading are important garden maintenance tasks that both support plant health but have very different purposes.

 


Have you been wondering if you are performing the correct type of cut on your perennial plant, shrub, or tree? An incorrect cut could lead to damaged plants that cease to grow or grow incorrectly.

Before getting started on your cuts, you need an understanding of the difference between pruning your plants vs. deadheading them. 

Read on and listen to learn more about these two important tasks including tools that can help you get the job done.

A picture of purple asters that need to be deadheaded with hand pruners

In our DIY Garden Minute Ep. 2 – “Pruning vs. Deadheading, Revealed,” we’ll discuss the difference between these two important tasks.   

This episode is for those of you who are a bit new to gardening and especially to pruning or deadheading and need help with beginning plant maintenance.

For a free copy of our “Prune Like a Pro” cheat sheet, click here!

 

 

Pruning vs. Deadheading

Pruning and deadheading are garden maintenance tasks that are performed for different purposes but both tasks involve the removal of plant parts. 

Read on below to learn a quick overview of the two tasks. For more information, listen to the podcast player above.

 

Pruning

You prune plants in order to remove stems, branches, and even roots that cross or rub, are diseased or dying tissues, and/or for plant shaping. 

This action helps to keep your plants healthy and shaped.  

 

Deadheading 

Deadheading occurs when plant flowers are snipped or cut off after they are spent. 

This is performed seasonally according to the plant’s bloom time and helps keep your plants looking attractive and clean. In addition, deadheading helps to free plants from pests or diseases and, for some plants, to promote the next flowers to bloom.  

 

 

Pruning Tools

For a successful pruning session, you will need a mix of both hand and power pruning tools. Whenever possible, we always try to promote environmentally-friendly or efficient tools, such as hand or electric-powered. However, sometimes you just can’t get around the massive strength of a gas-powered chainsaw.

By the way, we firmly believe in honest reviews and have not recommended any tools that we do not or have not personally used.

Whether in our own yard, private clients, or our previous landscaping business, these tools have proven indispensable over the years. While you may not need every tool on the list, most of these tools at your disposal would be handy.

Check out our extensive reviews and recommendations: Best Pruning Tools for 2019 or 7 Best Garden Tools for your Winter Pruning Needs! Also, check out our Best Pruning Shears post here!  

 

Here’s our list (each product picture is a clickable link):

 

Corona ClassicCut Bypass Hand pruners

 


Fiskars 28 inch Bypass Loppers 

 

 

Fiskars 7 inch Folding Hand Saw 

 

 

Pole saw, Electric by Sun Joe 

 

 

Leather Gloves by OZERO

 

 

 

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Pruning vs. Deadheading Conclusion

With your new knowledge about the basics of pruning and deadheading, you can begin to care for your garden with confidence.

And, whether you need to perform one or both tasks, using the right tools can help you succeed no matter which plant.

Now we want to hear from you!

Which task, pruning or deadheading, would you like to learn more about?

Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!

 

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Learn how pruning and deadheading are important garden maintenance tasks that both support plant health but have very different purposes.

Thanks for Listening!!!

Share Your Thoughts:

To Help Out The Show:

  • Leave a review on iTunes. Your ratings and reviews really help us out!
  • Subscribe on iTunes or Spotify.

*Spoken Garden is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

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Today’s Topic: 

Pruning vs. Deadheading 

Learn about the difference between pruning your plants vs. deadheading your plants.


Downloads: 

Show Notes

“Prune Like a Pro!” Cheat Sheet


What You’ll Learn:

  • What defines pruning?
  • What defines deadheading?
  • How do these garden maintenance tasks differ from each other?
  • Examples of each.

Resources: 

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