I made you a movie about trimming shrubs. Enjoy!
When pruning shrubs in your landscape it’s important to understand a few things.
- It really makes no difference when you prune most plants. The plants flat out don’t care and the sooner you prune them, if they need it, the sooner they can be on their way to growing correctly, as they should.
- You need a good set of pruning shears. Me? I like manual or hand held pruning shears. I don’t have to fight with a cord, I don’t need access to electricity and I have much more control when pruning.
- Good pruning shears are designed with an angle. The handles are at let’s say, maybe a 20 degree angle to the blades. That way when you flip them over you can easily reach areas that you are just plain awkward with electric shears.
- When pruning shrubs it’s really important that when you trim down the side of the shrub you never create a negative angle. In other words, the shrub should flare out just a little bit so it’s always just a smidgen wider at the bottom than the top. Why? Because the entire plant needs to receive sunlight. I show you more about this in the movie.
So I made you a movie about trimming shrubs. In the movie I mention the brand name of the hedge shears that I am using. The brand name is Okatsune. They are Japanese made. So I promised to do a little research and found out why I like them so much. Amazon has them listed at $115.00 a pair. Obviously I believe in buying really good tools.
Couple of years ago I visited a big box store and pick up a pair of hedge shears and they came with a free pair of hand pruning shears. Not good at all, I refuse to use them. They are terrible.
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