The best time to prune depends on the plant you are pruning.
For shrubs that bloom in summer and fall, pruning should be done in the winter.
Spring blooming shrubs should be pruned after the blooms die.
Pruning can be done in late winter or early spring to encourage new growth.
Pruning is done to accomplish three main goals:
- Remove dead and damaged branches for a healthier plant
- Restrict size or promote new growth
- Train the plant to grow the way you want it to