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Proper Pruning Techniques
Three basic tools suffice for most pruning jobs: shears, loppers, and a pruning
saw. Keep them sharp for clean cuts; disinfect after pruning diseased material.
1. When Do Roses Need To Be Pruned?
Prune in winter or early spring when plants are still dormant. Prune plants to maintain symmetrical bushes and to encourage strong new growth. Cut back all previous years growth as much as one-third its length. Remove branches that cross through center and remove plants understock. Also prune weak and dead stems as needed. This will also encourage strong new growth.
2. When Do Crepe Myrtles Need To Be Pruned?
The best time to prune crepe myrtles is in February. Prune out twiggy stems and any dead wood. Thin out crossing or crowding branches in the plants center. If tree form, prune lower branches. Prune top to maintain symmetry. Each year after flowering, cut 12 to 18 inches off the tips of branches that have bloomed.
3. When Do Hollies Need To Be Pruned?
Prune in winter or early spring mostly to shape plants. Cut back wayward branches and prune
out weak unproductive dead stems as needed.
4. When Do Butterfly Bushes Need To Be Pruned?
Butterfly bushes bloom in summer on new spring growth. They can be pruned in late winter or early spring. By pruning old blooms you will encourage new flowers. Also prune out old dead and unproductive branches.
5. When Do Hydrangeas Need To Be Pruned?
Hydrangeas fall into two groups. Some you prune in early spring and others after the flowers fade.
6. When Do Clematis Need To Be Pruned?
Clematis can be put in three categories: Spring-flowering, summer-flowering , and twice-flowering.
7. When Do Fruit Trees Need To Be Pruned?
The most common fruit trees are apple, peach, pear and cherry.
8. When Do Azaleas and Rhododendrons Need To Be Pruned?
They can be pruned in winter or early spring. However pruning at this time will prevent plants from producing many blooms. The best time to prune azaleas and rhododendrons is just after their blooming period in spring. If you prune at this time , no additional pruning will be necessary.
9 When Do Junipers Need To Be Pruned?
Junipers need very minimal pruning. They should be pruned to correct their shape, to accent their form, or to limit their size. This should be done during the juniper's growing stages in mid-summer.
10. When Do Flowering Trees Need To Be Pruned?
Flowering trees should be pruned after they have finished blooming. Prune as little as possible. Dead branches, branches that cross in the center, and branches that are unproductive should be pruned out.
Three basic tools suffice for most pruning jobs: shears, loppers, and a pruning saw. Keep them sharp for clean cuts; disinfect after pruning diseased material.