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This article was originally published on March 13,



Jan 24, Growth is maximized and defects are easier to see on deciduous trees if live-branch pruning is done just before growth resumes in early spring. Pruning when trees are dormant can minimize the risk of pest problems associated with wounding and allows trees to take advantage of the full growing season to begin closing and compartmentalizing wounds.

Hard pruning - cutting back up to one-third to even one-half of a plant - should only be done in warm months March 15th through October 15th. Always water well before giving a plant a hard pruning.

This isn't necessary for shaping, just heavy pruning. Wait at. The best time to rejuvenate large, overgrown shrubs is late winter or early spring (March or early April). Heavy pruning in late winter or early spring will reduce or eliminate the flower display for 2 or 3 years.

However, rejuvenation pruning will restore the health of the shrubs. If your tree has reached three years of age, less pruning is required. Bushes: Like trees, pruning bushes depends on the type of species; however, when in doubt always prune in the dormant season (winter).

For bushes without blooms (i.e. burning bush, boxwoods, barberry) prune these any time except in late autumn. Bushes pruned in late fall may not have enough time to harden off the pruning cuts before Estimated Reading Time: 4 mins.

Sep 17, Prune flowering hedges after they've bloomed in order to avoid cutting off buds. Renovating Shrubs. If you've seen older shrubs that look like giant stems of broccoli, then you've seen shrubs that are ready for renovation. Shrubs that aren't properly pruned over the years can become tall and leggy, bushy and oversized, or just plain ugly. Feb 23, Like Jeremy stated if it is a plant that you know only emerges from the ground root, you can trim those tall dead branches about anytime, because if you have to cover you'd only be wrapping around the base anyway.





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