TYPES OF PRUNING
A. Shearing -
Mostly done with hardy shrubs during the spring & June.
B. Heading Back - Controlling
the size and shape of a plant.
C. Thinning Out - This is done to control deciduous trees.
D. Rejuvenation - Cutting back to the ground to start over.
2 T’s of
1. TECHNIQUE - PROPER
Prune at a 45 degree
Prune limbs before a lateral bud.
Control direction of growth by pruning at a lateral bud.
D. Make all cuts at outer lateral buds to open up a
- WHEN TO
A. Spring Flowering Shrubs - Prune after they
B. Summer and Fall Flowering Shrubs - Prune
during dormancy prior to spring growth.
March) (Some Hydrangeas, Beauty Berry) Blooms are produced during the
current growing season.
C. Evergreen Shrubs - Severe pruning may be done
during very early spring or late fall.
- March) Minor pruning may be done
anytime, but is usually best after a flush of growth. (Chinese,
D. Deciduous Trees - Jan. or February when trees
E. Nandinas - As late as possible in the winter
before the spring growth.
F. Liriope/Mondo Grass and Ornamental Grasses -
Jan. or February.
G. Cedars/Firs - Early to late Spring. (Feb./March)
Do minor pruning during early June.
H. Spruces (Alberta,
Colorado, Norway) - Winter.
I. Hemlocks - Spring or Summer.
J. Boxwoods - True Buxus (American or English)
- Late Feb. for heavy Pruning.
K. Hydrangeas - Oakleaf Varieties & Pee
Gee: Late Feb - March.
Mop Head Types: After Flowers bloom.
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