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Pruning Guide: How and When to Prune Pleached Trees

Pruning plays a vital role in maintaining the desired form and density of pleached trees. Regularly trimming new growth and removing dead, damaged, or crossing branches contributes to the elegance of these exquisite trees.

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Pruning Pleached Trees: Quick Guide

When to Prune Pleached Trees

The optimal timing for pruning pleached trees is typically twice a year, during their dormant periods in early spring and late autumn. During these phases, you can trim shoots that extend beyond the frame or train them to cover any gaps, ensuring your pleached trees maintain their picturesque appearance. Light pruning can be done in summer to maintain shape.

How to Prune Pleached Trees

Pruning is a fairly straightforward process for pleached trees. Trim any shoots that grow beyond the frame or use rubber ties to secure them within the frame, covering any gaps. You will need secateurs for small branches and twigs, and potentially loppers for thicker branches. The aim is to shape your pleached trees to your desired shape and size. When pruning:

  1. Cut at a diagonal angle away from a bud to prevent water from sitting on the cut surface.
  2. Remove any branches that are rubbing to prevent creating weak points.
  3. Remove any dead growth.
  4. Remove any diseased stems or branches.
  5. Trim the leading shoots to maintain the flat, pleached structure.
  6. Ensure horizontal branches are evenly spaced and growing in the desired direction to prevent rubbing.
  7. Shorten any overly long side or upward shoots to maintain the tree's shape.

Key Points

  • Maintain the Disired Shape: Trim new growth that extends beyond the desired shape.
  • Make Clean Cuts: Cut just above a bud or branch to encourage healthy growth.
  • Avoid Heavy Pruning: Don’t remove more than 20% of the tree’s canopy at once to avoid stressing the tree.

Further Resources

RHS: Pruning

The Complete Guide to Pleached Trees
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Caring for Your New Pleached Trees

With Love & Care

For practical guidance and tips about looking after pleached trees, check out our Caring for Your New Pleached Trees series. This ensures your trees get off to the best start, from delivery through their critical first two years. Remember to check on your new trees regularly and provide essential care such as staking, watering, pruning, and fertilising as needed. This will help your pleached trees thrive. Happy gardening!

Caring for Your New Pleached Trees
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