Learn about the benefits of pruning and why you should learn how to prune correctly now in this quick DIY Garden Minute podcast.

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The benefits of pruning your plants can’t be understated as a must-do task in your garden.

By not investing your own time and energy in learning about how to prune, why to prune, or what tools to use, your home may lack curb appeal, have unhealthy plants, or become a safety hazard.

This quick podcast will cover why you should learn to prune and where you can go for more information fast.

This episode is perfect for a beginning gardener or new homeowner who wants to learn about the benefits of pruning your plants. 



Pruning Basics

Pruning involves a certain skill-set that you may not have yet. Luckily, there are basics we can teach you here to give you a quick starter course. For a better, more detailed explanation, join our Smart Pruning Basics beginning pruning course here

For now, you want to make sure you prune your plants for three main reasons.

These three reasons are:

  • To have healthy, growing plants. You need to know when to prune your plants according to when they last flowered and then track the freezing temperatures.
  • For shaping of the plant. When you cut and remove stems and branches, you are telling a plant to use its energies to grow in specific ways in the areas where it wasn’t pruned. Pruning for shape directly relates to how healthy your plant is or will be.
  • To have a clear line-of-sight for safety and access around your home or building. Pruning, for this reason, can give you more access around your home or building, give foot and vehicle traffic more visibility to each other, and more.



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The Best Pruning Tools and Supplies

Knowledge of the type of pruning tool to use and when to use each one can be the difference between healthy plants vs. dead ones. Consider our list below for a great assortment of the best pruning tools.


Pruning Shears

You will need a good, sturdy pair of pruning shears and these are the best in our opinionThese pruning shears from Corona are super sharp and stay sharp.

We have tested many different types of pruning shears over the years and one thing is for certain: we always come back to these Corona ClassicCUT bypass pruners for so many reasons.

These would be perfect for deadheading, snipping, or other general light pruning tasks. We use ours all the time!


Pruning Loppers

Loppers are best used for larger stems or branches over 1-inch thick that need more cutting leverage. This tool can be used for some finer cuts too.

In general, loppers are used for stems over 1-inch up to 2 or 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Our recommendation is the Fiskar’s 28-inch Bypass Loppers because, after 20+ years of use in many different situations, these loppers are the most dependable

Fiskars loppers from Amazon are a perfect pruning tool.



Other Plant Care Books 

If you’re looking for further educational resources about all types of perennials, these books below are great educational references!

The first book is our new eBook which we’re so excited to show you! The two books below that can be found on Amazon at the links below.

Four-Season Gardening

If you want to create a four-season garden featuring specific, beautiful plants that bloom during specific seasons, look no further than our new book!

In Four-Season Gardening, we’ll teach you plant care tips for 15 seasonal plants and seasonal gardening tricks that could be the difference between a thriving garden and a ho-hum garden. Check it out!

American Horticultural Society Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers

This is a great reference guide for tons of plants from the American Horticultural Society.

Floret Farm’s Cut Flower Garden: Grow, Harvest, and Arrange Stunning Seasonal Blooms

This book has stunning images, how-tos, and planting information to grow your own cutting garden.

Or, if you need to shop for other garden plants for this fall, click here to find what you need!



Conclusion for Pruning Benefits

Learning how to prune can be a beneficial, educational experience for you for so many reasons.

Armed with that knowledge, your plants could be healthier, happier, and more attractive for years to come.

Now we want to hear from you!

What other questions do you have about pruning? Let us know by leaving a quick comment below. Thanks!




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Learn about the benefits of pruning and why you should learn how to prune correctly now in this quick DIY Garden Minute podcast.


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Benefits of Pruning

In this podcast, you’ll learn about why it is important for you to learn and understand the basics of pruning, including what pruning is, why it is important, proper pruning tools, and more.


Prune Like a Pro: Basics for Year-Round Pruning reference guide

Free Fall Gardening chapter from our ebook, “Four-Season Gardening”


What You’ll Learn:

  • The importance of learning how to prune.
  • Why you need to learn how to prune properly.
  • Books to read and help you dig deeper into mulching.
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