Spring Time - Pruning Guide for Trees and Shrubs

 

If you are thinking of selling this spring or would like to make your yard more attractive after this harsh winter then the Old Farmer's Almanac presents a guide to when and how to prune specific varieties of trees and shrubs.

 

 

 

Spring Pruning Guide for Trees and Shrubs

WHAT

WHEN

HOW

Apple

Early spring

Prune moderately. Keep tree open with main branches well spaced. Avoid sharp V-shaped crotches.

Cherry

Early spring

Prune the most vigorous shoots moderately.

Clematis

Spring

Cut weak growth. Save as much old wood as possible.

Flowering dogwood

After flowering

Remove dead wood only.

Forsythia

After flowering

Remove old branches at ground. Trim new growth.

Lilac

After flowering

Remove diseased, scaly growth, flower heads, and suckers.

Peach

Early spring

Remove half of last year's growth. Keep tree headed low.

Plum

Early spring

Cut dead, diseased branches; trim rank growth moderately.

Rhododendron

After flowering

Prune judiciously. Snip branches from weak, leggy plants to induce growth from roots.

Rose (except climbers)

Spring, after frosts

Cut dead and weak growth; cut branches or canes to four or five eyes.

Rose (climbers)

After flowering

Cut half of old growth; retain new shoots for next year.

Rose of Sharon

When buds

Cut all winter-killed wood to swell begin growth back to live wood.

Trumpet vine

Early spring

Prune side branches severely to main stem.

Virginia creeper

Spring

Clip young plants freely. Thin old plants and remove dead growth.

Wisteria

Spring, summer

Cut new growth to spurs at axils of leaves.

* Information provided by the Old Farmer's Almanac http://www.almanac.com/content/spring-pruning-guide-trees-and-shrubs

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
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