It’s Time to Prune

It’s officially summer and July 4th is creeping up! Have you been pruning your shrubs? Spring flowering shrubs should generally be pruned immediately after flowering, using the end of June to July 4th as your cut-off date. Not sure exactly which varieties apply? See below!

Spring Flowering Shrubs

Make sure to prune the following after they flower and before July 4th:  

  • Lilac
  • Azalea
  • Rhododendron
  • Weigela
  • Forsythia
  • Deutzia
  • Spring Flowering Viburnums
  • Mock Orange
  • Smokebush
  • Serviceberry
  • Fothergilla
  • Privet
  • Rhododendron
  • Spirea (early bloomers)
  • Pieris

Pruning Tips

  • Be sure to use the correct tool for each pruning project. Hand pruners are great for smaller stems and twigs. Larger stems or branches may require loppers or a small pruning saw.
  • Always angle your cuts no more than 45 degrees.
  • Be sure to clean your pruning tools after each project. This practice will keep your tools in the best working order as well as prevent any diseases from spreading to other plants.
  • As a general rule, it’s always a good idea to prune out any dead, dying, or diseased branches anytime you see them.