common question we get about shrub trimming is: "When?"
flowering shrubs, the easiest "rule of thumb" to remember is to always trim
flowering shrubs within
one month after they finish blooming. That way you don't risk removing
next year's blossoms.
Trimming at the "Right Time"
are trimmed following their annual flush of growth. But some shrubs
can suffer from
late-summer trimming, which can cause a late flush of growth that doesn't
before the arrival of winter weather.
flower heads off
'Anthony Waterer' Spirea (above) in
the early Spring makes it more
and doesn't affect
The most severe
cutting-back of shrubs is best done in early spring, just prior to the emergence of new
growth. We've had success rejuvenating large Yews, Junipers,
Rhododendrons, and many other varieties during this early-season timeframe.
VIDEO: Rejuvenating a Lilac
your shears very sharp and properly adjusted for clean cuts.
scrape away any resin buildup between the blades.
helps clean and lubricate.
will shear much better in the cool of the morning.
attention and keep your fingers and legs away from the blades.
PINE 'CANDLES' New growth is called a candle
"Candle" well describes the new growth on
Mughos and other Pines (photos above and below). 1/2 to 2/3 of each new candle should be
trimmed off after the candle fully elongates, but before the needles elongate -
this is usually during June in SW Pennsylvania. Using these
methods will keep your pines compact and well shaped.