About the SFMGA

Monday, June 18, 2007

Pruning for Repair and Beautification

by Jeff Clark, Santa Fe Greenhouses
  • Prune to promote healthy, attractive growth and to encourage fruit and flower bearing.
  • On trees and shrubs remove dead or diseased shoots, branches or limbs at any time of year. Also remove suckers (growth from lower portion of trunk) at any time of year.
  • Summer blooming trees and shrubs should be pruned in spring. Spring blooming trees and shrubs should be pruned after they bloom.
  • When pruning, cut back to lateral or main branch.
  • Prune roses and perennials in very early spring before new growth.
  • Summer pruning checks unwanted growth and allows you to shape your tree, shrub or plant at a time when you can see its leafed-out form.