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The proper time to prune deciduous shrubs is determined by the plant's growth habit, bloom.

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1887 Wilmington MA Jul 28, During the late summer months, shrubs need to be pruned for shape, size and airflow as well as to remove dead flowers. By pruning we increase the vigor, longevity and the amount of blooms on your flowering shrubs. Some shrubs included in our summer pruning program are Deutzia, Spirea, Viburnum, Weigela, Barberry, Boxwood, Yew and Hydrangea, just to name a bushcutting.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins.

Apr 02, Late winter and early spring are ideal times for pruning many shrubs. At this time, shrubs are leafless, so you are better able to see the overall shape of the shrub and easily identify dead, damaged, diseased wood and structural defects. Because pruning stimulates new growth, late summer and fall pruning are not desirable pruning times as new growth at that time of year is subject to Estimated Reading Time: 3 mins.

Shrubs. Pruning young shrubs is not as critical as pruning young trees, but take care to use the same principles to encourage good branch structure.

Container-grown shrubs require little pruning. When planting deciduous shrubs, thin out branches for good spacing and prune out any broken, diseased or crossing or circling roots. Do not prune deciduous shrubs in late summer.

Pruning shrubs in August or early September may encourage a late flush of growth. This new growth may not harden sufficiently before the arrival of cold weather and be susceptible to winter injury.

Spring flowering shrubs (Table 1) bloom on last season’s growth; prune them soon after they bloom to promote vigorous summer growth. Some shrubs that bloom after June (Table 2) do so from buds that are formed on the current year’s shoots; prune these shrubs in late winter to promote vigorous spring shoot growth. Table 1. Jul 01, Late-season pruning typically does more harm than good.

However, it is always a good idea to remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches as soon as you notice them. Rose: Summer pruning of rosebushes can increase late-season blooms. Limit pruning to deadheading, removal of damaged wood, and minimal shaping to remove leggy branches.