How to Prune Your Shrubs for Spring!

Now that spring is here, it’s time to look at our shrubs. The late dormant season is the best time for most pruning, and you know what that means: get out those pruning shears and get to work tidying up your shrubs!

Why is pruning so important? It’s good for the plants themselves–removing dead or diseased branches will encourage new growth and stop disease from spreading. It’s safer for us, since damaged or dead elements can fall and injure people, pets, or property. It’s also a good way to create the space you want by controlling the height, look, and direction of shrub growth.

Now, on to the specifics. Every year you should prune anywhere up to one-third of the oldest, thickest stems or trunks on your shrubs. Go ahead and prune them right to the ground to encourage the growth of new stems from the roots. Once you’ve handled these thick, overgrown parts, you’re ready to switch to standard pruning.

If your shrubs are in really bad shape, such as being badly neglected or overgrown, you can salvage them if you’re willing to endure a little collateral damage. Prune them all, as close to the ground as possible, in early spring. You’ll lose the current season’s flowers, but they will grow back healthier and more beautiful in the future!

Whispering Springs Nursery in Jasper, GA has a huge assortment of shrubs and other plants, perfect for planting in the spring. Come visit our greenhouse and let’s pick the best ones for your needs and your space!  

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