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Prune Now For Spring Flowers

Flowering plants require summer pruning

Craig pruning 2011 resized 600Ask an arborist when the best time to prune your trees and shrubs and he’ll tell you ‘when the saw is sharp.’  For most plants this is true but others have a specific pruning schedule.

Flowering shrubs such as Rhododendron, Lilac, Azalea and ornamental trees such as Dogwood, Crabapple and Hawthorn has completed their flowering for this year and will soon develop buds for next year’s blossoms.  These plants should be pruned now for the best crop of flowers next spring.  If you wait until fall when buds have already set, you will be removing next season’s flowers.

Now is also the perfect time to prune your hedges back into shape.  ‘Leggy’ growth will appear at this time of year on Hemlocks, Yews, Privet, Juniper, and Arborvitae.  Bring them back into shape by hand pruning the long spindly branches.  Reduction of plant height will help maintain strong stems and help protect them from snow damage.  It’s also a good time to prune out deadwood and broken branches for healthy, attractive plants. 

Don’t procrastinate. Give us a call to arrange a property review with one of our arborists and keep your plants blooming beautifully. 877.308.8733

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