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Tree & Shrub Pruning

As the growing season progresses we drag out the pruning equipment to control and shape the growth of our plants. Branches creep over sidewalks, get damaged in storms and hedges get fuzzy and uneven. But, there is a right and wrong time to prune certain plants.

Some general guidelines for pruning:

Spring blooming shrubs should be pruned soon after they finish their bloom. If they are trimmed at this time they set new bloom buds for the following season, but if pruned too late in the season they often don't bloom well (or at all!) the next season. Bridal wreath and Vanhoutte spirea, lilacs, all early blooming viburnums and forsythia are some examples.

Summer blooming shrubs that bloom on the current season's growth can be pruned before growth starts in the spring. A few summer blooming plants are crapemyrtle, pink spireas, butterfly bush, rose-of-Sharon (althea), blue spirea (caryopteris) and A. G. hydrangea (white blooming). Note that many, but not all, blue and pink hydrangeas bloom on the previous season's growth, so spring pruning may eliminate the current season's flowers.

Most shrubs with many stems or "canes" should be pruned one stem at a time near the ground. By doing this it forces new growth to arise from the root system and provides vigorous young stems. Established forsythias, mahonias (Oregon grape holly), nandinas, red-twigged dogwoods and common lilacs benefit from the removal of the largest and oldest stems, just a few each season.

Evergreens and hedges can be pruned almost anytime during the year, the exception being very late in the season (usually from Sept. 15-20 or later). Pruning at any time stimulates the plant into a "growth spurt" and if done too late in the season the tender new top-growth may get nipped and scorched by the frost, giving the plants an unhappy look through the winter. Some species that can be pruned or sheared often are boxwood, euonymus, junipers, privet and barberry.

Be sure to use sharp tools when pruning or shearing to lessen the chance for disease to enter through ragged cuts and torn bark.