Monday, June 21, 2010

Pruning: What and When is it Done?

Hard to believe June is almost over, which means it's time to start thinking about mid-summer pruning. So what is mid-summer pruning and why do you need to do it? And furthermore, what are the different kinds of pruning that need to take place throughout the year? I asked Lauren for clarification.

Spring Clean Up: In addition to the typical spring clean up, ornamental grasses and some miscellaneous perennials should be cut down. These elements are usually left over the winter months because they sustain their “winter interest.” Examples include Maiden Hair Grasses and sedum.

Mid Summer Maintenance: During the late summer months (when growing has finished or slowed down) shrubs need to be pruned to encourage a tighter habit. Examples include Juniper, Yews, and other predominately evergreen shrubs.

Fall Clean Up: In addition to the typical fall clean up (when leaves and debris are removed), perennials should be cut down to the ground to encourage a “cleaner” look throughout the winter. Examples include Catmint, Daylilies, Black Eyed Susans, etc.

Dormant Pruning: This service is often overlooked and is a huge benefit to the landscape! Dormant pruning should be done during the late winter/early spring months while the plants are considered dormant. Often a rejuvenation or thinning technique that allows a better handle on the form of the individual shrub, future growth habit, and overall relationship to its surroundings (buildings, other plants, etc). Deciduous shrubs are usually targeted during this process and can include Viburnums, Lilacs Potentilla, Roses, Burning Bush, Spirea… the list goes on!

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