View Full Version : Prunning techniquies

Drew Gemma
11-18-2004, 05:30 PM
I was pruning and cleaning beds all say in the rain what fun. These rodadendrins were so old and had been hacked by the owners for years now I am supposed to make them pretty again I told her it might take 2 years for some of these plants to return to normal. So what tips tricks or lessons do you guys have when it comes to prunning. Always looking to better my technique.

11-18-2004, 05:42 PM

11-18-2004, 06:03 PM
What are your reasons for pruning?? This is not a smarta** questions there are two types of pruning thinning and shaping. Thinning is done to thin out the plant material and shaping is more for appearance. However if the shrub is way out of shape you are going to have to do both...

11-18-2004, 06:20 PM
perhaps reading through a few books would be a good start?

11-18-2004, 06:21 PM
Hey I have that same woody plant book.. Heavy sob aint it..

11-18-2004, 06:33 PM
yup. I think its one of the better resources though. haha dont carry it in the briefcase if I can help it. I just though the picture would save me having to type out the names and authors for the books. my shelf has lots more but those are the pruning specific ones. The other thing to do is too look at the plant, see how it was pruned in the past (old wounds etc) and see the response, then you can tell what will/may happen when you prune it in a certani way.

12-07-2004, 01:11 AM
Hey I just bought that Woody Landsape book ... so far this is one awesome book. This just adds to my huge collection

12-07-2004, 06:27 AM
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12-07-2004, 06:48 AM
http://www.hort.purdue.edu/ext/HO-4.pdf this will give you the basics ...c

12-07-2004, 10:34 AM
Since Rhododendrons are a spring bloomer, you better tell your customer that they will loose the blooms for next spring since you pruned them this fall.

12-20-2004, 12:52 AM
on occasion i will take some twine or anything else small and easy to hide and tie up and or pull a branch one way or the other. eventually the plant will grow on its own in that way. just make sure that whatever you tie it with blends in with the shrub. i had a similar problem with a rhodi that was very thin. it worked out in the end and the plant looked much better.

12-21-2004, 12:59 AM
I have the Arboriculture book and used to have the ISA guide.