Tips on PruningTHROW AWAY YOUR HEDGECLIPPERS!
Learning how to prune properly is important to the appearance of your plants. Incorrect pruning techniques make shrubs and trees look unnatural and actually creates more maintenance.
- Shrubs maintain a full, natural shape on their own. Practice selective pruning vs. the hedge clipper method.
- Pruning shrubs too often prevents flowering by promoting woody growth. Plants also require more water when pruned frequently.
- Trees may need minimal pruning as they age. Remove dead or dying branches, sucker growth and criss crossing branches. Other than this, leave them alone.
- Cut back ornamental grasses in March so that 2-6 inches of old vegetation remains.