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Pruning Season

Do you have an unruly shrub? A rose bush that wont bloom well? An apple tree with crossing limbs? I lilac that has gotten too big? A floppy bush? It’s probably time to prune. Pruning is crucial to the health of our woody plants: Shrubs, bushes, trees. It is important that pruning is done correctly or your plant could be unappealing, unhealthy or die.


Proper pruning encourages strong growth, increases flower and fruit production, improves plant health, can reduce size and shape, and removes damaged limbs, all which give aesthetic appeal to a tree.

The best time to prune is late winter, when your plants are still dormant. It’s late March here in the Twin Cities, MN and pruning season is coming to an end very soon! Once your plants start to have buds it’s getting to be too late. In the summer, when your plant is growing and the weather is warm is the wrong time to prune a plant, simply because it exposes the open wounds to pests and disease. So if you miss this season, no worries–there will be branches ready for pruning next winter! Please reach out if you need help pruning your small trees, shrubs and bushes.

Photo from the University of Maryland Extension