Need some insight on the proper pruning techniques? Here are some basic guidelines to follow when pruning your plants.
The main purpose of pruning is to remove the three D’s- dead, damaged, and diseased plant parts.
For plants like crape myrtle, camellia, and roses it is particularly beneficial to remove crossing and rubbing branches so that air and light can penetrate the plant. This prevents disease and pest problems.
• Pruning Sheers Available at your local home and gardening center.
1.) February is the ideal time to prune for most trees and shrubs
2.) Pruning is done to trim back plants that have become too large for the space in which they are growing.
3.) Pruning helps to shape plants and/or trees when they are very young.
4.) Do not use pruning paint or other wound healing products on pruning cuts, let nature do the trick, air is the best healer.
5.) Resist urge to make plants into cubes, balls or other shapes. The more natural shape of the plant, the easier it is to maintain; it is the way nature intended it to live and grow.
6.) Avoid winter pruning of spring flowering shrubs like azaleas or you will remove the flower buds. Wait until the plants have finished blooming to prune them.
7.) Some summer-flowering plants such as butterfly bush and lantana are good to severely prune because it helps them grow full and bushy instead of leggy and sparse. Cutting them back about 8-12 inches will suffice.
8.) For nandinas, stagger pruning (cutting the steams back at different heights) keeps them looking nice.