Late summer is a good time to prune hedges after they have made most of their growth. Hedges are generally sheared because we want them to grow thickly and have geometrical shape. It is important to prune upper shoots more than lower ones. Not only do they grow faster, but if the top of a hedge becomes wider than the bottom, it shades the lower leaves. Plants drop leaves which are heavily shaded because they are not efficient in producing energy for plant growth. Hedges should be tapered so they are slightly narrower at the top than at the bottom. This will keep them full and leafy at the bottom.

March 6, 2015

Hedge Pruning

Late summer is a good time to prune hedges after they have made most of their growth. Hedges are generally sheared because we want them to […]
March 6, 2015

How to Prune (and not prune) Large Trees

Large trees growing near homes and other structures can be dangerous during windy weather, especially if they have wounds, rot or weak branch connections. However, far […]
March 6, 2015

How to Prune Roses

January and February are the favorite months for pruning roses, although I sometimes prune mine in November or December. I expect to see buds breaking by […]
March 6, 2015

How to Prune Lilacs

Lilacs grow so vigorously in the Pacific Northwest that they eventually become trees instead of shrubs. June is the time to prune lilacs. If you would […]
March 6, 2015

Types of Pruning Cuts

Re-Growth Resulting From Different Types of Pruning Cuts This is by far the most important principle I have learned from pruning thousands of plants. You can […]
March 6, 2015

Pruning Grapes

Established grape vines usually consist of a major trunk with several older, dark colored vines extending outward on a trellis or arbor. After several years, the […]