Ask a Question
Notify Me On Question Update
Email this Question
When do I cut back my shrubs?
Rate This FAQ
Generally, any plant that blooms in the spring should be pruned immediately after flowers have faded. Summer-flowering shrubs bloom on wood produced this season, so they should be pruned during the winter while the plant is dormant. To rejuvenate an older shrub, shear stems back to the ground. For general shrub pruning, shear to the desired height then thin the hedge by cutting branches back to larger branches. Shape hedges to an inverted “V” so that sunlight hits all foliage.
Submit Your Suggestion
Other Questions In This Topic
- Do I need to prune my trees this spring?
- How can I make my lawnmower safe?
- What tasks should I be doing now in my orchard?
- What fall gardening tasks will help reduce plant pests next year?
- My lawn is really struggling with the heat and drought. Is there a point when it just won't recover?
- I have three large Austrian Pine trees that I would like to xeriscape under. Do you have suggestions for low-water use plants that will grow in mostly shady conditions under pine trees?
- Do you have tips for success with African violets?
- I was surprised when I recently spotted a snake in my yard. Aren't they most active in the fall?