There is an art to knowing when and how to prune your trees and other plants. This page contains tips and advice about pruning the plants and trees in your garden.
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I have a tall blue spruce tree, 30+ft tall. I would guess it is 25 years old. The older part or lower half has no inside needles, only on the tips giving it a sparse look. If I prune it would it fill in?
I live in the heart of the hill country in Texas and want to know if it's too late to prune a deciduous tree that is 8 feet tall. It will grow to over 35 feet. It is three years old. We should have done it last year.
I just transplanted a butterfly bush that was about 2 years old. I didn't read until today that I should have pruned it back before I transplanted it. Is is too late for me to do it now?
I have a Little Gem Magnolia that is about 3 years old. It produces flowers on the lower half, but the top half has dead branches. Can I cut the dead back and what is a good time?
I have a crepe myrtle tree that looks like it started growing sideways, is there anyway I can trim or prune it so that it will grow up straight? I live in Zone 7-8 when is the best time for pruning it?
We have moved into a house that has two large pear trees that yield lots of fruit, but have not been pruned in many years. What is the proper way to do this?
My Norfolk pine is very healthy, getting wide, and has long branches. Is it wise to cut back or prune healthy branches?
I was told to clip the green berries off to produce more flowers. I thought those were the pods that bloom.
What is the proper technique to prune a rhododendron bush?
My Acuba shrubs have been growing for about 4 years now and they look great however they are very tall. Can I cut them back? If so when and how far can I cut them back?
I am not of the Pollard school of thought regarding crepe myrtles. I want a large open arching tree. I am also a neat-nik. If I remove the green berries (November) will I get fewer or more blooms?
When is the best time to remove mop head flowers from my hydrangea?
Can I trim a burning bush after the leaves fall and before winter sets in? We live in New York state.
My Norfolk pine is getting too tall for the house. Can I pinch it back?It is an indoor plant that I put out on the deck in the summer.
I live in the southern bay area and my confederate jasmine is climbing on a fence in the front of our house. It hasn't been trimmed since I first put it in some 6 or 7 years ago. I've heard I should prune it, but how far should I cut it back? It's been acting like a bush.
Do I cut back or prune my passionflower plants? They have flowered lovely for their first year and still are, as a matter of interest.
When and how much should a clematis be pruned in east Tennessee? The plant is 2 years old and has bloomed a lot, but not so much now!
I am going to have my house painted and I have three really large clematis vines that reach very high. They are right up against the house and are going to have to come down. Will cutting them this early in the season harm them?
I recently had several evergreen bushes trimmed by a landscaper and a day or so later all of the edges turned brown. What caused this?
I read your answer in ASK, but I do not have leaves or branches on my avocado plant only 1 high stem w/leaves. Can I cut the top back or the leaves further down, or just let it keep growing taller w/o branching out? This is all new to me, please help.
I have numerous variegated sedges planted in my yard. Our lawn maintenance service pruned them almost to the ground in the Fall. I know it is still a little early in year, but they don't seem to be coming back. Did he kill them?
I wanted to find out if I cut the dewberry "stem", not the vine on which the berries are, would it harm dewberry growth. They are in the way when I try to pick the berries and didn't want to cause harm to the plant.
A friend of my husband gave him a start of a hydrangea last year. Do you cut it down and if so when?
Can I prune a hardy fuchsia now? If so how close to the ground can I go? I have pruned it in the spring in the past after it begins to leaf out and used that as my guide for how much stem to remove. But this year I would like to take it further back. Thanks in advance.
I planted a crepe myrtle tree last fall, it is about 8 feet tall and does not appear to need pruning or shaping. If I do not prune it will it have flower blooms? Or does it need to be pruned to create the flower blooms?
I have two small leaves growing from the main stem of my orchid. I have several orchids and have never seen this before and wondered if anyone else has?
I have a rose garden that I planted this fall. When do I need to prune them and is there a specific way to do so?
What is the best time of year to trim a hibiscus in AZ? How do you do it?
I have a cherry tree that is about 16 years old (or older) and has never been trimmed. It is about 2 stories high. The cherries are good, but unreachable. What is the best way to prune and what time of year should it be done?Thank you so much for your time.
When cutting ivy runners, is there a certain area to cut to allow the plant to keep growing the runners?
When does one prune a Baptisia? I have looked it up online and cannot find a definitive answer. I know that I would not do it in the spring because I would have no flowers. Also, how far back can I prune it?
Is there something that can be used to put on a pine tree to stop the sap from getting on everything after pruning? It would need to be something that will not stick to everything that touches it?
I have grown an avocado tree. I would like to know what people mean by pinching back so as to get a rounder fuller tree. Do I pinch the top off the tree or just the leaves?
I have a young blue spruce that has been damaged leaving a big bare spot on one side. Should I prune to try to reshape the tree? There are several branches which are much longer than the rest and stick way out. Is there anything I can do to prevent that?
Is it OK to cut the vines of bird house gourds to allow the gourds to grow larger or will this hurt the plants? We have grown them a few times, but seem to have smaller fruits to harvest before frost strikes. Thanks.
When is the best time to prune a Jacaranda tree? It is 28 years old and gives us too much shade in the garden.
Has anybody ever pruned African daisies or other annuals? My African daisies were looking pretty scraggly this morning. So, I cut them back to about 4 inches tall rather than take out the plants.
I know that all I have to do is trim my Rugosa Roses to keep them under control. Will a hard prune on these out of control branches create a problem for the whole plant and would it be better to prune now or can I leave it until after they bloom?
I was after a simple calendar or guide that could tell me when to prune all the different types of roses, shrubs, trees, etc. in my garden
I planted one clematis root and every fall I cut it all the way down to the ground, and every spring I end up with dozens of new shoots. Is this normal?
Where can I find information (with pictures) on how to prune a frangipani tree?
I have a large schefflera plant that needs to be cut back before I bring it back into the house. Does anyone know how do this?
I just pruned my 4 year old maple trees that looked like bushes, because of the deer. I am halfway through, I'm wondering if this is the wrong time of year and did I prune off too many branches.
I want to prune a Plum tree in winter. How much can I trim without killing it?
How and when do I trim two really big Rainer cherry trees? There are tons of cherries, but they are out of reach (except for the birds).
With many people pruning at this time of year I thought I'd come up with some useful things to do with the pruned twigs and branches. Today a neighbor gave me several large bundles of long supple apple tree branches.
I have a night blooming Jasmine that I planted less than a year ago and it has grown very large. I do not know how to prune it back. Can anyone send some advice?
Can I prune old myrtle tree flowers? Is it safe to prune anytime from August through May? The flower portion is dead already and breaks off readily. There is no life in the cambium. Will this encourage more flowers if done before the cold season arrives?
My lilacs grew so high and blooming into next door's yard, that I pruned the main stems (trunks) way down. Now all these suckers are growing very green, but can they ever bloom? Thanks.
We need to trim a maple tree which is three years old. We want to keep it from getting too tall because of nearby wires. Where can we find instructions? Thank you for your help.
I live in Phoenix, Arizona and the high temp here has been around 100 lately. I've got a rose bush that is falling over my walkway to my front door. If I trim the bush in this hot weather, will it harm it?
I'm not sure about our hardiness zone, but I keep reading here and there about a way to prune a tomato plant to help it produce twice as many fruit, something to do with only three leaves, or three branches. Also, I was wondering about whether or not this would work with a bell pepper plant?
We have a 30 year old beautiful Japanese Red Maple tree in our front yard that is getting way too tall and wide. It is getting near wires and hitting the house. When is the best time to cut it back and give it a good trim and shaping? Thanks.
I need advice on pruning Trumpet Vines (Humming Bird Vines). I have already cut the vine back to about an inch or two above ground, after it's first year of growth, last fall and mulched it. We had excessive snow this past winter. Will it come back, or have I killed it? I thought it was like my clematis, which I cut down each year.
I need to prune a Gabriel's trumpet plant/tree to a canopy instead of straight up and down. Any advice?
Before trimming your bushes, place a king size "old" blanket or sheet under the bush you are going to trim (making sure you cover all the way around the bush and then some.
I have Potentillas growing up both sides of my laneway and I would like to know, if you can prune Potentillas.
We have a weeping cherry tree with a huge root stock branch shooting straight up, starting from below the canopy. We did not realize that it should be cut off and now it's draining the life out of the weeping branches, which barely have any leaves.
Don't like to trim bushes because it's messy? Try this method. Put an old sheet under the bush you need to trim. Make sure it's all the way around the bush. Trim your bush as usual.
How can I prune the top and/or roots of a potted rosemary so I don't need to transplant it to a pot I can't lift?
I need help with my pineapple plant. I grew a pineapple and just removed it to eat. But what do I do with the stalk it grew on? Do i cut it out of the center of plant or just leave it?
Can you trim back a Fuschia plant? I want to bring it in for the winter, but would like to cut it back and let it grow back out this winter.
What is the best way and when do you prune a Brunfelsia. Mine is in a large pot, about 7 years old and is in need of pruning.
Will a hummingbird vine die if I cut it back?
I have a newly planted weeping cherry tree, last year. It is at least 3 years old. This year it has shoots growing on the bottom of the trunk. Do I keep them on it or do I cut them off.
I've read about new shoots coming up around the base of trees, (i.e. Dogwoods), but, what about the shoots that come up around the base/lower trunk of my Cherry tree and Crepe Myrtles? The bases of these trees are approximately 8-12" in diameter. Do I lope them off? Is it possible to transplant these "sprouts?"
I have 2 large rhododendron bushes in the front of the house that were planted by the previous owners. The flowers are absolutely beautiful but the bushes are growing out of control. Is is possible to prune them back without losing the blooms?
I need to know how to keep branches from growing back after I trim them.
I have a Chinese Hibiscus, I have been bringing in the house for the winter, but it has gotton so tall. Is it alright to cut back some so it can fit in house? i hate to cut it, it's so pretty. i need to know if it would hurt it by cutting it down.
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