What Are Some Different Pruning Techniques the Professionals Use?

Pruning techniques used by the professionals

In a forest environment, trees can grow freely. They can stretch as high as they can grow and spread their branches out freely. When they have old, weak branches, the branches fall to the ground in their own time.

This isn’t the case for the trees that grow at our homes and along the roads that we drive on for obvious reasons. We want the trees around us to rise to their natural beauty and be healthy and sturdy, without dangerous hanging branches.

And this is where pruning comes into the equation. Many people have heard of the term pruning and know that it has something to do with trimming plants, but, what does pruning entail? Keep reading to learn a couple of different pruning techniques that the professionals may use.


Thinning involves reducing the size of a plant with a minimal amount of regrowth by removing a whole branch or stem. It is either cut down to where it begins on the stem or where the branch meets with another one. Thinning encourages air flow through the plant which decreases the possibility of branches breaking off during storms. It also helps sunlight to reach more of the plant and the ground below it.


This type of pruning is pretty self-explanatory. It involves reducing the length of the stem or branch. The branch gets cut just beyond a living thinner branch that sits laterally to the one that is getting cut. This pruning technique is of good use for branches growing into power lines or that need to be less widespread.


Heading cuts are a type of pruning that controls how a plant grows. There are many uses for heading cuts. This cut helps improve the shape of the plant by redirecting the direction it is growing. It can also help control the plant size and enhance its density. Heading cuts can also influence the flowering and fruiting of plants. Light heading assists with stem and vegetation growth, but that growth is at the cost of fruit size and the number of flowers there are. You’ll have a nice amount of fruit and blooms, but they will be smaller. With a more extreme approach to heading, the result will be fewer flowers and fruit, but those flowers or fruit will be larger than if the plant hadn’t had pruning. If heading happens frequently enough, it will very easily remove the need for a lot of different pruning techniques.

It makes a considerable amount of sense, for homeowners and business owners alike, to use different pruning techniques on their property. It not only enhances the aesthetics and value of their property but also helps the plants in many ways. Call Landscape Plus today and let us take care of all your pruning and trimming needs! Proudly serving Virginia Beach, Chesapeake and Norfolk Virginia

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *