Pruning is an essential gardening skill and one where guidelines must be followed to achieve the optimum effect. Pruning is necessary for removing deadwood, shaping, maintaining healthy growth, removing unwanted branches, preparing an item for transplanting and increasing the yield of flowers and fruits. When you prune correctly, as described and shown in our helpful guides, you will encourage healthy growth, longevity and a well presented garden. Remember, for most shrubs and trees, you will need to prune at the optimum time. Below you'll find links to pruning guides on the following topics: