Gardeners can begin pruning heavily in the June-July months when plants have entered dormancy.

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Gardeners can begin pruning heavily in the June-July months when plants have entered dormancy.nd after pruning jobs to care for your tools. Clean secateurs blades using steel wool and soapy water to remove rust or plant sap build-up. Using a disinfectant, like Felcoยฎ Lubricant Spray, further protects blades from developing rust or spreading disease. Check if you need to sharpen your blade first using a sharpening file. Oil the secateurs using plant-based oil, like vegetable oil, before storing.

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Cut on a 45ยฐ angle, upward and away from the bud to prevent disease. Bigger cuts need to be sealed using a paint or spray-on pruning compound. Further prevent disease spread by disinfecting your tools plant-to-plant using Felcoยฎ Lubricant Spray.

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Pruning is the perfect time to train climbers to your pergola or other supports. Use plant ties to cling the plant to the support, tying the thread loosely. Over- tightening threads can girdle the branches.