Landscaping Tips for Pruning

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PROPER PRUNING TECHNIQUES requirements vary by plant species, design intent, and placement in the landscape. Pruning should only be done when necessary and at the right time of year.

Use the 3-Cut Method when removing large or heavy branches to prevent the weight of the branch from tearing the bark below.

Spring flowering plants should be pruned after blooming. Late spring and summer flowering plants should be pruned in the late winter, or early spring, after last frost.

Plant-centered Care: Strive for natural growth habit of plant that results in natural form and beauty. Use the appropriate pruning technique to intentionally remove plant parts.

  • Selective Pruning
  • Renewal Pruning
  • Dead-heading
  • Ornamental Grass Pruning
  • Rejuvenation Pruning, also known as Hard Pruning

Remove no more than 25% of old branches annually