We’re here to take the guesswork out of pruning. While we always lean toward the natural shape of trees and plants, many can benefit from some rejuvenation and maintenance.
SPRUCES AND PINES
Thicken branches by cutting or pinching the ‘candle’ (new) growth in half each June or July. Only prune back dead or diseased branches to keep a natural shape.
BROADLEAF OR NEEDLE EVERGREENS
Shape sparingly April through July and mid-September through October as needed.
Late winter is the best time to find and remove dead or diseased branches and shape without stimulating late-season growth. Exception: prune birches and maples after leaf drop to avoid excessive sap flow.
FLOWERING TREES AND SHRUBS
Bloom before June? Prune after flowering to avoid cutting off buds. Bloom after June? Prune in March before leaf out.
White-flowering, prune early spring. Pink and blue, wait until leaves emerge to prune out dead branches.
PERENNIALS AND ORNAMENTAL GRASSES
We like to keep ours for winter interest and wildlife shelter, so recommend pruning within a few inches of the ground in March/April.
Trim out dead, diseased or broken branches anytime.
Save yourself pruning time when you plant by leaving enough space for your plant when it’s full-grown.
And remember, you can always call us at 317-733-GROW (4769), email us or use online chat if you have questions or need encouragement.