pruner (2936 bytes) Pruning Shrubs

By J.R. Feucht, Colorado State University Cooperative Extension landscape plants specialist and professor, horticulture (retired)ng shrbs no. 7.206

Quick Facts..

  • Pruning helps improve the health and safety of plants.
  • While pruning has a dwarfing tendency, it stimulates growth points into action.
  • Height reduction, thinning and improvement of flower quality can be done in late winter before bloom by taking out the oldest and weakest canes at or near the ground line.
  • Some shrubs may need an occasional heading-back of isolated shoots because of
  • outside influences, such as shade, which may cause the plant to become out-of-balance.
  • Normally, for most summer-flowering shoots, a cut-back of all shoots in early spring to near the soil line is desirable.
  • For complete information see CSU Fact Sheet 7.206.

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