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How should I prune my plants in spring? Some gardening tips and tricks

As we near spring, these next few weeks are ideal for pruning landscape trees and shrubs.

The rule of thumb when pruning is: “If it blooms in the spring, prune the plant soon after flowering; if it blooms in the summer, prune in the spring.”

Therefore, now is a great time to prune summer blooming shrubs like crape myrtle, butterfly bush, clethra, some hydrangeas and other trees and shrubs not grown for spring blooms.

The most common reason people prune is to train a plant to a particular shape or size. A good example may be boxwoods grown as a hedge. Using hedge shears, it is easy to maintain a flat-top shape or even work shrubs into the shape of a ball.

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