The Garden View: Pruning

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Summer’s almost here! “The Garden View” takes a look at all aspects of working in the mud. This week, how to properly prune plants.

Now that the warm weather has decided to stay and Mother Nature has cooperated in creating beautiful spring gardens, it is time to think about the maintenance of spring-blooming shrubs and bushes.

Pruning, the age-old task of removing dead, damaged or diseased branches, should be done right after the plant has finished blooming.  Some plants benefit from shearing, but pruning is a more detailed process of making one cut at a time to reach a goal. This pruning will encourage new growth for next spring in addition to making the plant more visually appealing!

Make sure your cuts are clean and thorough. Remove spent blooms as well as thinning out the center to allow for more sun exposure and to increase air circulation.

Clean-up seems obvious, but it is important if removing dead or infected branches. Remove branches from your yard as soon as possible and wash the pruner in a rubbing alcohol solution to avoid spreading disease.

A little work now and you will reap the rewards of healthy, fuller plants next spring!

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