pruningPruning is a very important part of plant, shrub and tree care that is performed for both aesthetic reasons and for plant health. Pruning is the cutting away of unwanted parts of a plant for more fruitful growth and shaping. You should prune a plant or shrub to remove crossed, damaged or diseased branches which will stress the plant. Pruning also improves air flow through the plant and can encourage better branch distribution which results in a healthier, more vigorous plant that is more disease tolerant. Post-bloom pruning maximizes the blooms for the following season. The cardinal rule of pruning is to cut cleanly and leave no stubs.

When to prune depends on many variables such as the type of plant, growth habit of plant and reasons for pruning. If you are not certain when and how to prune your shrubs, plants and trees it is vital you seek advice from professional horticulturalists and arborists (for trees).

Early spring pruning stimulates growth for shrubs that will bloom on the new shoots but pruning after flowering is best for shrubs like forsythia that bloom on year-old wood. When to prune a shrub depends on whether it is a spring flowering or summer/fall flowering shrub.

Spring flowering shrubs produce blooms on wood grown the previous season and should be pruned after blooming to allow new growth of wood for next season’s blooms.

Summer and fall flowering shrubs bloom on wood grown during the current season and thus should be pruned in early spring prior to growth. Anytime is a good time to prune away dead growth, broken or diseased limbs, and suckers as undesired growth drains energy from the plant.

Contact Harmony Gardens Landscaping for all of your pruning needs.

get a landscaping quote