Natural and natural areas can escape hand over time should youn’t stay on top of your own pruning and pitching chores. If your yard is overgrown with shaggy shrubs from hands ivy and trees which need just a little care, remove your pruning tools and put on your gloves, because its going to require a bit of work. On the other hand, the end result will be well worthwhile.
Snip back most tree limbs at the fall when the plants are dormant. Prune shrubs that bloom in early spring as soon as the blooms fall off. Cut limbs in a slight angle just above a leaf node and remove no longer than one-third of the branch. Eliminate several limbs on the interior of the tree to open it up to air circulation and light. Evenly space out the limbs you remove so the shrub is balanced.
Cut back tree limbs in late fall with pruning snips, a pruning saw or hand saw. Cut branches back no longer than one-third of their length. Snip thin branches readily at a slight angle. Make the first cut on large limbs in the base of the branch, cutting upwards, to maintain the esophagus from tearing. Make the second cut on top, cutting down, to complete the pruning. Make cuts in front of a leaf node or just above a fork in a branch.
Pinch back dead ends of flowering shrubs and shrubs to remove dead blooms. Use your hands to grasp the blossom and bend the blossom slightly at an angle until it discharges in the stem.
Cut back dead plants which grow back every year, such as grasses and perennials. Cut them down to a few inches in the ground.
Cut back ivy as much as you’d like; these vines are extremely resilient and hard to kill once they’ve reached a size that overtakes other things. Pull and snip them back from trees, plants and garden features.