It’s time to rid your plants of their split ends! Those rough, scraggly branches only hold them back. Pruning should be part of your spring garden routine. The question is – what to prune and when? I have a few easy to remember pruning tips that will help you set your plants, shrubs, and trees up for success.
Look at pruning as a tool in your horticulture tool belt. (If it happens to be a Felco 2, I’m sending mad respect.) Cutting back your trees and flowering shrubs helps keep them healthy and beautiful. Pruning plants gives them a boost to get growing!
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Pruning can be one of the first things you do. Once the snow starts to clear and you’re itching to get back in the garden, grab your pruners and head out! Walk your property and look for any damage Jack Frost threw your way – winter can be hard on trees and perennial shrubs.
High winds, freezing rain, and heavy snow can weigh down and snap branches. Bunnies and other creatures will nibble on anything they can reach when food sources are slim in the middle of winter.
Not everyone in your garden wants a spring prune. Plants that bloom on new growth are safe to prune in early spring (pee gee hydrangea, roses). Others grow on old wood (lilacs, forsythia) and have been prepping their blooms since last year. If you prune them early in the season, you can take off the growth ready to bloom.
A no-fail tip is to prune after bloom! If you get into the habit of cutting back your flowering shrubs right after they bloom, you won’t ever trim off new buds.
Generally, only cut back 1/3 of your plant at a time. Any more than that, and you risk sending your shrub or tree into shock. Pruning your garden in spring will help clean it up, promote new growth, and set your plants up for a healthy growing season!
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