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Pruning your Trees – Using Extendable Tree Pruners

Episode: 3
Title: Pruning your Trees – Using Extendable Tree Pruners
Broadcast: 2 April 2016
Presenter: Trevor Cochrane

Autumn is the time of year when gardens should be pruned, but more often than not punning proves to be difficult for most of us. Trevor takes us to his garden to show us how to manage the growth and shaping of plants, using his Lemon Tree, Apple Tree and Roses as examples. Trevor uses extendable tree pruners; great for when using a ladder is unsuitable.

  • The Lemon tree is pruned from the ground using extendable pruners. The easy reach allows you to keep your feet firmly on the ground and reach as high as 6 metres into the air.
  • Removing branches crossing over each other inside the canopy and thinning it where possible makes a huge difference to the tree’s look and health. Loppers are the best tool for this.
  • For the Apple tree, smaller branches are tackled using a roll-handled pruner, ideal for thin stems. The roll handle reduces the amount of pressure required when cutting.
  • The roses are trimmed back by 25%, allowing one more significant flush of flowers before winter.
  • Ensure your blades are clean and sharp to avoid diseases entering the stems.

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