- Encourages strong branching and removes weak or crossing branches
- Eliminates dead or diseased wood
- Stimulates new, attractive growth
- Helps improve resistance to windy conditions
- Promotes good air circulation, which decreases the incidence of fungal disease
In general, when to prune your plants comes down to whether your plants bloom on old or new growth.
Roses. Most roses in the garden are modern roses, which include hybrid teas, floribundas and
These roses should be pruned when they are dormant, just before the leaf buds begin to swell.
Hydrangeas that bloom on new growth should be pruned in late winter or early spring.
Flowering shrubs. Generally, shrubs that bloom in early spring to early summer flower
Pruning when trees are stripped of their leaves allows you to see their branch structure more
Fruit trees. Fruit trees like apple, cherry, peach and plum should be pruned in late winter,
As with other deciduous trees, pruning in winter allows you to clearly see where to prune,
Before you head outdoors and start cutting away at the shrubs and trees in your garden or