Essential advice for keeping your trees healthy
With so many plants in your backyard, it’s hard to keep track of everything. Trees are often overlooked when it comes to gardening in Mornington Peninsula. Locals often don’t realise what needs to be done for their trees until it’s too late. Too often we see tree owners neglect their trees until serious damage occurs. This damage could be anything from a tree being infested with pests to loose branches falling and damaging property.
To protect your home it’s best to pay attention to the health of your backyard trees. Don’t neglect them. They may look tough and healthy. But without proper maintenance, your trees can suffer from poor health. There are many things you can do throughout the year to keep trees healthy and let them thrive.
One of the best things you can do for your trees is to prune them on a regular basis. Tree pruning is one of the best ways to defend your trees from diseases and pests. Follow our tips for tree pruning and you’ll discover some great methods for maintaining your trees all year round.
Choosing the right time
Timing is everything. Especially when it comes to garden care. Thanks to the changing of seasons we have different temperatures throughout the year. Different seasons test your trees with weather conditions. Some trees thrive in hot weather like many of the local species you find when gardening in Mornington Peninsula. Other species thrive in colder weather.
One thing that most trees have in common is that it’s best to prune them during winter. During the colder months of the year, your trees are less prone to attack. Most pests and diseases remain dormant during winter. Pruning a tree can leave it open to attack from pests. That’s why it’s never a good idea to prune a tree in summer. Pests and diseases can attack a tree from
where branches have been pruned.
Using the right equipment
Every piece of gardening equipment has its purpose. Choose the wrong gardening tool and you might end up causing more damage than good when you try your hand at gardening in Mornington Peninsula. So take your time and don’t get carried away when it comes to pruning.
Take your time and be more strategic.
For stems and small branches that measure up to 10mm thick, try using secateurs. Pruning back small growth and deadhead flowers is a fantastic way to revitalise flowering plants and shrubs. Not sure what secateurs to use? Use bypass secateurs for fine stems. Anvil secateurs are better for hard woody stems. And don’t forget to protect your hands by wearing gloves. When you need to prune thick branches up high, consider using pruning saws that are mounted on long handles. This piece of gardening equipment will give you more control over the angle of your cuts. These pruning saws are also a safer alternative to climbing up on ladders to reach
branches with a smaller handled saw.
When you’re pruning hedges it’s best to use shears. This piece of equipment allows you to make very precise cuts. Especially hand if you’re looking to prune your bushes into very particular shapes. Choose shears that have wavy blades and gears to prevent tearing. To make
this task even easier you can try using a powered hedge trimmer instead.
Additional pruning tips
- Always ensure the blades of your cutting tools are sharp enough to avoid tearing tree bark.
- Disinfecting your gardening tools between each plant will help to prevent the spread of plant diseases.
- Make clean cuts that are close to the trunk. This won’t leave behind stubs that are prone to diseases
- Approach your tree pruning in stages. Start on the underside of a thick branch then cut from the top.
- Seal major cuts on your tree with a pruning compound to seal them and prevent pests and diseases from coming in.
- At least a third of a shrub’s branches can be removed each year without slowing its growth
Get tree pruning help from the experts
For gardening in Mornington Peninsula, there’s one professional team you can trust. Here at Jim’s Mowing Mornington Peninsula, we offer a comprehensive hedging and pruning service. After an initial assessment, our professional gardeners can recommend how often your trees and shrubs need to be pruned. They can even establish a pruning schedule for you. With a schedule in place, you can rest your feet and let our professional gardeners take care of all your garden’s pruning needs.
Our professional gardeners also understand the unique challenges that come with gardening in Mornington Peninsula. They know what the common plant pests and diseases are in the area and will take the time to prune your trees in a way that will protect and strengthen them. Ready to book a professional pruning service from us? Simply call 131 for a booking or to get a free quote.