Melinda's Garden Moment: Pruning Spring Flowering Shrubs
your overgrown lilacs (Syringa), Forsythia, and other spring flowering
shrubs down to size while maintaining their natural beauty and spring floral
spring blooming shrubs right after flowering.
These shrubs set their flower buds in summer and pruning any other time
will eliminate the all important spring floral display.
need safety glasses to protect your eyes and gloves. Use bypass pruners that
make a clean cut that closes quickly. Cut small stems ½ inch diameter or less with handpruners. Use loppers to extend your reach and cut
slightly bigger stems and a pruning saw for the rest.
by removing any crossed or dead branches. Then remove a few of the larger stems, on suckering shrubs, right back
to ground level. Reduce the height on
the remaining stems as needed. Make your
cut on a slight angle above an outward facing bud or stem.
blooming shrubs like Potentillas,
summer blooming spireas, and Annabelle hydrangeas form their flowers on new growth. Prune these, when needed, in late winter or
early spring before growth begins or anytime during the dormant season.