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Desert plants grow in dry conditions. As such, they have adapted and evolved accordingly. However, you may be surprised to learn that when these desert plants are taken out from their normal dry conditions and watered regularly, they can show a substantial increase in new plant growth. However, since these new conditions are not natural to the desert plants, the new plant growth is usually weak and dies off fast when the plant is returned to its original conditions. Furthermore, such kind of new plant growth can have undesired consequences on one’s landscape – for example, this new plant growth can end up blocking a really great view or something like that.

Pruning to keep uncontrolled tree growth in check

One way to get rid of any and all excessive growth on a tree is to prune it from time to time. Pruning or tree trimming helps in regulating a tree’s growth a lot. This is because when you prune a tree, you can reduce its size to whatever you want. You can even cut the tree according to some very precise specifications that you might want. Additionally, you can even prune the tree in such a way that the new growth takes a more desired direction.

However, pruning is not a one-time fix for uncontrolled tree growth. You will need to get your trees pruned every now and then – more frequently than you would think. What is more, is that pruning can be an extensive treatment and take up a lot of your time.

Alternatives to pruning – growth regulators

So, what are the alternatives to getting your trees pruned every few months? The answer to that question might be growth regulators.

But, what are growth regulators exactly?

Well, growth regulators are just some chemicals (like plant hormones) which, when put in the soil, can slow down the growth of a tree. And, while the effects of these growth regulators eventually wear off – they can last for anywhere from 2 to 3 years depending upon the species of the tree.

Other benefits of growth regulators or plant hormone treatment

Plant hormone treatment has many other benefits other than just regulating the growth of the tree. For example, since the plant hormone treatment does not affect the chlorophyll levels of a plant – the treated tree foliage tends to look more lush and green than before. Another benefit of plant hormone treatment is that this treatment can also increase a tree’s immunity to some kinds of diseases.