Pruning Trees & Shrubs

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large root system on a big tree seen from the ground
How to Remove a Tree Root Without Hurting the Tree

Never take out more than a third of the root system.

large old oak tree on a sunny day
Thinning an Oak Tree

Help your oak tree thrive, stay safe, and look its best.

An overgrown shrub against a brick wall.
How to Deal With Overgrown Shrubs

Deal with overgrown shrubs the right way, and make your landscaping look beautiful.

Hands on With DoItYourself.com: The Do's and Don'ts of Pruning

We team up with Jacky Surber to look into some common pruning mistakes and how to fix them.

Pruning and cutting fruit trees in the spring
Pruning Trees - Approaches to Pruning

3 types of pruning and how and why to do them.

Close on the teeth of a pruning handsaw.
Pruning Trees - Proper Tools to Use

Where and when to use the right tool for the right job.

Pruning a tree with hand pruners.
Pruning Trees - When to Prune

When do three common trees need pruning?

Pruning: What to Cut and How to Cut It

You've got the tools, what do you do with them?

large oak tree
Removing a Dead Limb from an Oak Tree

Removing dead limbs from an oak tree can prolong its life.

Pruning a palo verde tree.
Pruning Trees - Making Cuts

Here are the specific cuts to safely remove branches.

Sassafras leaf
Sassafras Tree Pruning Tips

Although sassafras is fairly low maintenance, it does require pruning.

Pink Redbud trees
How to Prune a Young Eastern Redbud

Eastern Redbud adds vibrant color to the landscape.

Crepe myrtle branch with pink blooms drooping in front of a tan brick building
How to Prune Crepe Myrtle Trees

Promote a healthy tree and successful blooms.

Pruning an orange tree with secateurs.
The Proper Way to Prune

Trim your trees into shape, and health.

several walnuts, some cracked open
Walnut Tree Pruning Tips

The long-term health and production of your walnut tree depends heavily on your pruning techniques.

Cutting branches from a plum tree.
Pruning Your Plum Tree: Tips and Instructions

From year 1 to mature tree, when and how to get the job done.

A hedge pruned into the shape of an elephant
DIY Topiary: Take Your Pruning to the Next Level

Pride yourself on a unique landscape?

A weeping cherry tree.
Weeping Cherry Tree Pruning

Weeping cherry trees are a beautiful tree.

Yellow hypericum
Tips for Pruning a Hypericum

Proper pruning is key to prolific blossoms.

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Tips for Pruning a Hemlock Tree

Find the time, tools and methods for altering your hemlock.

A shrub of flowering quince in full bloom.
How to Prune a Flowering Quince

Pruning a shrub or tree is a great way to keep it healthy and thriving.

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Serviceberry Pruning Tips

The serviceberry, also known as the juneberry or shadbush, is a small tree or shrub which is native to

A beech tree.
Beech Tree Pruning Tips

Pruning is very important to help the tree look healthy.

Browning fronds droop from a palm.
How to Prune Palm Trees

Brown, dried fronds can make your palms look shabby. Spruce things up with a quick trim as needed.

Bird's eye view of a yucca in a lawn, showing the symmetry and beauty of nature.
Tips for Pruning a Yucca

Your yucca can stand a good trim. Trust us.

A maple tree.
How to Prune a Maple Tree

One of the more handsome trees that can be grown in your landscape is a maple tree.

magnolia blossoms
Pruning a Magnolia Tree

Prune the right way and keep your magnolia tree tall, healthy, and beautiful.