With autumn officially here, this marks the ideal time to prune trees, plants and flowers to ensure your garden remains healthy right through to spring.
Therefore, the team at Rover has come up with a few essential tips to take the guess work out of pruning this autumn:
1) Start With A Clean-Up - Remove dead, diseased, and disorderly branches. Any branch that crosses over another at an odd angle, rubs against another branch, grows inward toward the centre or is a duplication of another branch immediately below or above it can be removed.
2) The Right Time - Most plants benefit from regular pruning and maintenance but there are certain times of the year that are better suited for different types of plants. Pruning at the wrong time won’t necessarily harm the long term health of the plant but it may result in less flowers and fruit.
In the mild autumn conditions, deciduous pome (apple and pear) and stone fruit trees, hedges, and overgrown shrubs can benefit from some light pruning. Consult your local nursery or gardening expert to find out when is the best time to prune the plants and trees in your garden.
3) Make Proper Cuts – For heavy pruning on trees and branches it’s important to make the right cut so the overall health of the tree isn’t diminished. Cuts should be made just outside the branch collar as it contains trunk or parent branch tissue that should not be damaged or removed.
4) Find A Pro For The BIG Jobs – Safety is always paramount when it comes to the use of power tools and equipment. It’s important to be aware of your surroundings and pin point overhead hazards such as power lines that may be lost in the foliage. Consult a professional if pruning and gardening puts you in a compromising position or if you lack the adequate equipment to complete the job safely.
For more information on the Rover range of tools to assist you with your gardening jobs visit www.rover.com.au