Tree and Shrub Hedges Pruning Trimming
When to Prune
The best time to prune depends upon the plant.
- Trim early-spring-flowering shrubs right after they bloom.
- Summer-flowering plants should be clipped in winter or early spring.
- For non-flowering plants, trim after new growth has completely formed.
You can do light trimming throughout the year.
Good to Know
Pruning directs growth, allows light and air to reach the plant and removes the excess weight of damaged and diseased branches.
General Shrub Pruning
Damaged, dead or diseased stems can be a nuisance to shrubs and plants as they attract insects. These stems should be removed when you see them.
Formal Shrub Trimming
Bushes such as boxwoods can be shaped for a more formal look. First, do some general trimming as described above.