Anyone can grab a pair of pruning shears and start cutting branches.
But without the proper training, how do you know that you’re not doing unnecessary damage to your plant?
In addition, where should you actually make your pruning cuts?
In our DIY Garden Minute Ep. 55 – “Pruning Basics: Where to Make Your Pruning Cuts,” we’ll tell you where you should make your pruning cuts.
This episode is meant for any level of gardener who wants to learn how to better prune and maintain their yard.
Two of the most important types of pruning cuts are thinning cuts and heading cuts.
Both types of cuts can have a huge impact on how your plant grow, along with specific plant physiology, genetics, and environmental factors.
When you selectively cut single limbs or stems off a plant all the way back to its point of attachment, this is a “thinning” cut.
This doesn’t necessarily mean the whole limb; maybe just a section or branch of the larger limb.
Examples of this type of pruning are best for most trees, especially when creating “scaffolding” or branch structures.
Tools we recommend to make Thinning Cuts:
When you selectively cut limbs or stems not at their point of attachment nor near other growth points, this is a “heading” cut.
This type of pruning is best for compact and dense growing plants which react well to shearing or hedging, other terms for “heading” cuts.
For more information on each type of cut, check out our previous podcast Pruning Basics: Thinning Cuts vs. Heading Cuts – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 51.
Tools we recommend to make Heading Cuts:
Pruning Cuts Show Notes
Today’s topic: “Pruning Basics: Where to Make Your Pruning Cuts”
On this episode, learn where you should make your cuts and why.
Listen to learn about:
- A branch or stem collar – cut just above collar, so you don’t leave a stub.
- Growth or axil buds – cut about 1/2 inch above bud or “smiley-face”.
You can also learn more about pruning by listening to our DIY Garden Minute Ep. 10 about our 3-Pillars of Pruning.
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Learn where to make your pruning cuts on your trees, shrubs, and plants!
What You’ll Learn:
- Where specifically to make your heading cuts and thinning cuts.
- Explanations of why to make cuts in each way.
Some of the resources and products below may be affiliate links, meaning we might get paid a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you use that link to make a purchase.
- Pruning Basics Explained: Thinning Cuts vs. Heading Cuts – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 51
- Winter Pruning: How to Best Prune Your Garden This Winter
- 3 Pillars of Pruning: DIY Garden Minute Ep. 10
- Best Pruning Shears For Any Gardener!
- Understanding Basic Plant Growth – DIY Garden Minute Ep. 30
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