The required growth factors (temperature, sunlight, humidity, etc.) may vary from one variety to another. So, it is best to know the bushes' requirements for their healthy maintenance.
Trimming bushes at the appropriate time is also necessary for good growth and prevention of diseases. Though it can be done at any time of the year, spring and fall are the best for thinning the branches. Nevertheless, some of the bush species may require a specific time period for pruning and trimming.
Ask any gardening hobbyist regarding the maintenance tips of bushes and you will get the same answer, providing the essential growth factors and timely trimming. Pruning is beneficial for overgrown shrubs, while trimming benefits healthy bushes.
Wear Safety Gear
For any gardening-related activity, safety is the first priority. So, make sure you wear gear like hand gloves and protective glasses. This will also help in avoiding the risk of skin allergies in case you are hypersensitive to the plant exudate. To protect yourself from the harsh rays of the sun, start trimming bushes in the morning time.
Likewise, trimming in the fall is best for the hardy bush varieties. Opt for trimming in the winter if it suits the particular variety that you have planted in your yard.
For trimming bushes and trees, you should use sharp and correct garden tools (shears). Otherwise, there are chances of causing damage to the plants, which in turn can become a breeding ground for pests and disease-causing microbes.
Start trimming from the top center and continue your way outwards. This way, you can shape the bushes evenly. Trim the edges by about 3-4 inch at a time. Also, do not forget to trim dead and diseased branches so that microbes do not spread to the other parts. Once the trimming is done, apply a sealant over the cut surfaces to prevent disease infestations.
Collect the Twigs
Collect and gather the fallen branches and twigs. Place them in a garbage bag for disposal, or you can use these clippings for composting. Never leave the trimmings in the yard, as it not only gives an unsightly appearance but also triggers disease spreading.