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Most books describe pruning as an art. Depending on the type of shrub, you will be shaping the plant or encouraging blooming. This is a page about pruning shrubs (pdf).
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November 1, 2011

The most common mistake people make when pruning flowering shrubs is doing it at the wrong time. Pruning at the wrong time of the year won't usually hurt your plant, but pruning at the right time can help improve flower production.

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January 25, 2004

Correct pruning is an essential maintenance practice for trees and shrubs in the home landscape. However, most homeowners regard pruning with considerable, though unnecessary, apprehension. Pruning is not difficult if you understand the basics, learn why, when, and how to prune.

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September 29, 2017

As with many flowering shrubs the best time to prune a lilac is right after they finish flowering. This is a page about pruning a lilac bush.

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February 5, 2003

Pruning is an ancient practice that dates back thousands of years. Perhaps the most ancient reference to pruning pertains to grapes, on which severe pruning was and still is practiced to increase fruit production.

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Published by: Colorado State University Cooperative Extension

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