Pruning Trees and Shrubs

When should deciduous trees be pruned?

Deciduous trees (trees that lose their leaves once per year) – Ideally pruning should be done while the tree is dormant over the winter and it is recommended to wait until late-winter such as February or March.

When should evergreen trees be pruned?

Evergreen trees (trees that maintain their leaves or needles year-round) – Depending on the species, most pruning should be done between late-winter through mid-June.

When should spring blooming shrubs be pruned?

Any ornamental tree or landscape shrub that flowers prior to June 1st should be pruned immediately after the spring flowering to avoid removal of the buds for the next growing season.

When should continuous blooming shrubs be pruned?

Continuous blooming shrubs, ones that flower throughout the growing season (spring, summer and fall) can be pruned throughout the year but avoid pruning just prior to winter as new stimulated plant growth can become susceptible to cold weather damage.

When should non-flowering shrubs be pruned?

Most non-flowering shrubs can be lightly pruned at any time during the growing season but it is best to wait until the shrub goes into dormancy, during the winter, before doing any major pruning or reshaping.

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