Wrongful use of fertilizers
Pruning is not a one-size-fits-all science, but the following general rules apply for all plants and trees:
- Don't cut too close to the base of a tree, or you'll put it at an increased risk of disease and pest infestation.
- Prune between winter and early spring. However, always follow professional advice to ensure that you don't accidentally cut off new blooms.
- You must always cut just above a bud to avoid restricting tree growth.
- Prune back weaker stems and cut them shorter than the strong ones.
- Always use the right pruning tools.
Planting in the wrong environment
When planning your landscape, research the plant varieties and read plant tags to determine the best environment for each tree and shrub.
You must clean your tools by rubbing alcohol and letting them dry. As a good sanitation practice, always clean the area after trimming and pruning. You must dispose of fallen branches, leaves, and debris rather than leaving them on the ground, as they could become a habitat for harmful fungi and insects.