To prune or not to prune, that is the question. Even if it’s time to prune, which it’s beginning to be for certain things like roses and deciduous fruit trees, proper methods are important. If you’re in doubt-don’t! Pruning must accomplish something: greater flowering or fruit production, correct a weakness, rejuvenate growth,remove disease or damage. Pruning is not just done to be done. We can help walk you thru the do’s and do not’s of pruning-come in (bring pictures or samples) or we can do a consultation on your property for a small fee and help you with techniques and timing-OR WE CAN DO IT FOR YOU!! Don’t have trees that end up looking like these!
May Rule-a general guideline of when to prune certain plants: If the plant blooms in the spring or summer (most parts of the country after May 1) then the plant is pruning on new growth and must be pruned before new growth occurs-so prune in late winter or early spring. Examples: roses,deciduous fruit trees, red bird of paradise, tecomas, hibiscus If the plant blooms in winter or early spring, before new growth occurs then it is blooming on old growth and you should wait until after the plant blooms to prune it Examples: cassia, red emu, yellow emu, citrus.
Frost sensitive plants like lantana, bougainvillea,hibiscus, natal plum…Wait until after last average frost date to prune and don’t prune off any cold damage until then either. February 15 or so is about the magic day, and whether these plants freeze back or not that is a great time to do a heavy rejuvenation pruning. Remember plants will almost always replace or regrow about 1/3 of their mass in a season so if you want to maintain roughly the same size plant you can prune at least that much and usually more with our long growing season at this time. This will also keep you from constant shearing of the plant later in the season to keep it to a certain size and hence reducing blossoms (remember may rule).
Just a couple of hints for you, let us know if we can do a consult or give you a bid for complete maintenance of your property!