Regular pruning is the most important thing you can do for your trees and perennials. Proper pruning provides many benefits. However, if done improperly or too much, it can be harmful to your plants. Over-pruning can rob a plant of food-producing foliage, and delay healing and regrowth.
Learning to prune trees is not as easy as shrubs or evergreens. Rather, this requires training, experience, and talent. We highly recommend having a professional arborist prune your trees. Your trees are a long-term investment. We invite you to check out the Arborist For Hire lookup at the Wisconsin Arborist Association website to find an ISA Certified Arborist near you.
A common, easy type of tree pruning is removing suckers. Suckers are vigorous shoots that arise from the roots. Suckers can overtake the plant, causing deformity or mortality. Remove the suckers in the dormant season using shears at or slightly below the groundline. Generally, this must be done every season, depending on the vigor of the plant.
If your trees need pruning please give us a call and we will refer you to several of the certified, professional arborists with whom we work.
Pruning perennials (herbaceous perennials, ferns, grasses, and the like) is too species-specific for one article. Search for your plant here in our knowledgebase and scroll to the maintenance section within the plant’s profile to see our recommendations. If you have any further questions, contact us immediately.