Pruning

Pruning. Correct knowledge of a plant’s growth cycle is a key consideration for proper pruning. Additionally, routine pruning is crucial for the long term maintenance of your investment in landscaping. Please consider the following points as general guidance only; specific measures depend on exact variety and growth cycle.

  • Spring flowering trees and shrubs

    • Prune for shape within 3-4 weeks after bloom period; later pruning will reduce next spring’s blooms.
    • Selective dormant pruning is needed as plants mature to control shape and form. Dormant pruning is technical and best performed by a professional. After maturation, most residential landscapes require some dormant pruning every 2-3 years.

  • Summer flowering trees and shrubs

    • Shape and prune in early spring so that flower buds have time to develop on new growth.
    • Selective dormant pruning is needed as plants mature to control shape and form. Dormant pruning is technical and best performed by a professional. After maturation, most residential landscapes require some dormant pruning every 2-3 years.

  • Dwarf evergreens

    • Shape throughout growing season as desired; avoid pruning after September 15.

  • Perennials and ornamental grasses

    • Cut back in spring to within 2” of ground level if left for winter interest..
    • Deadhead throughout growing season to encourage rebloom..
    • Cut back in fall to within 2” of ground level, unless winter interest is desired.

  • Groundcovers

    • Prune as desired to control height.

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