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Have you ever driven down the street and noticed one particular garden that seemed to be perfect? Those gardens that stand out from others do not just get beautiful on their own. Typically, the garden is well cared for, planted with top quality soil, watered regularly, treated for bugs and disease, and of course, trimmed.

Trimming your plant is what will help it grow beautiful and strong, providing you with blooms well after the blooming period. By trimming your plant properly, the plant will grow and look perfect. In fact, once you start trimming, if you do it right, you probably will only need to trim the plant on occasion.

Keeping your plants trimmed will also keep your property looking great and safe. For safety purposes, you should keep the lower hanging branches trimmed so as not to scrape your car or block the view, as you back out of the driveway. If you notice any broken or split branches, these too should be trimmed.

If you do not keep the plants trimmed back, they can actually be stunted and look unhealthy. However, simply by trimming the lower limbs, the plant will do much better. Trimming your plant also influences the direction that the plant grows. You see, when you trim a part of the plant, you are actually stopping the growth in that direction and encouraging it to grown in another direction. This is especially helpful if you want to train young plants to grow in a specific direction.

You also want to make sure that overgrowth or unwanted growth is kept trimmed. If the plant has any wayward branches, you can thin them out and then remove suckers, which are stems that grow up from the roots. Trimming also helps control water sprouts, which are the upright shoots that grow from the trunk and branches.

As mentioned, trimming will also help with the healthy growth of your plant. For instance, if you have a blooming plant and the blooms have died, you want to deadhead them, which will encourage them to re-bloom. Additionally, if you have a certain type of plant that is located where it gets a lot of attention, you might even consider trimming it back as a globe, in a topiary shape, or some other fancy shape.

Trimming your plant will depend somewhat on the type of plant. Typically, plants will produce new leaves as well as stem growth starting in the spring all the way through mid to late summer. Because of the high level of photosynthesis, food in the form of sugar becomes a part of the plant. However, as the summertime becomes hotter, those sugars are transferred to the roots and stored for the winter. Then when the new spring rolls around, the sugars are released, bringing the plant out of hibernation. Generally, trimming in the mid-summer will produce the best results � the greenest leaves and the brightest and healthiest blooms.
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