Pruning Tips from the Grumpy Gardener

Grumpy Gardener Steve Bender shares his expert tips for keeping plants pruned, no matter when they're blooming.


There is no gardening task that scares beginning gardeners more than pruning. They're always afraid. What if I prune it wrong? What if I prune it at the wrong time? Will I ruin my plant? Here's a really easy tip for knowing the right time to prune anything that flowers. If it flowers in Spring the best time to prune it Is right after it finishes flowering in late spring or early summer. That way it has plenty of time to make new flower buds for next year. if it blooms in summer, the time that you want to prune that plant is in late winter or early spring, because it's gonna bloom on new growth. So what are some plants you should prune after they finish blooming in spring? That would be azaleas Camillias, lilacs, rhododendrons, forsythia, spirea, any of those plants that bloom in Spring, prune them immediately after they finish blooming, and they'll be fine for next year. And lime light hydrangea. So just remember, it's real simple. If it blooms in spring, prune it immediately after it finishes flowering. If it blooms in summer, prune it in late winter or early spring. That way people will think you're not a beginner. They'll think you're an expert. [BLANK_AUDIO]
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