Pruning is one of the most important cultural practices that you can do in your landscape management. Proper pruning helps to keep plants attractive and vigorous while adding years to the plant’s beauty and usefulness. Many homeowners get apprehensive with the idea of pruning but knowing how, when and why to prune will end these fears.
General rules of thumb for the pruning timetable:
- Non-blooming Trees and Shrubs: Prune in late winter while fully dormant.
- Summer-blooming Trees and Shrubs: Prune in late winter.
- Spring-blooming Trees and Shrubs: Wait until immediately after they bloom. They are the exception to the rule, but you still should prune them as early as you can.