How to Prune Your Flowers for Spring
The basic rule of thumb is that if you plant flowers before mid-June, prune it in the spring after flowering. However, if it flowers later, prune it in late Winter or early Spring.
Simply put, Summer flowering plants are Spring pruning candidates. Some May or early June bloomers may also even benefit from a light pruning too.
Hydrangeas are ideal for a later Winter pruning and deadwooding. However, you can prune different types at different times.
The Hudrangeas that don’t require pruning in late Winter or early Spring are “Grandiflora” varieties of the Bigleaf Hydrangeas.
If you choose to prune, make sure to prune lightly and be careful to simply lop off the branch just above the new season’s bud.
The following are the major varieties of Hydrangeas that require Spring pruning:
- Hills-of-Snow or Sevenbark
- Tea of Heaven
- Climbing Hydrangea
Additionally, remove all center deadwood and cut out or thin center shoots that will cut off light and air. Hydrangeas are easy to prune because they have brittle wood.
Forsythias require the deadwood to be cut out and shaped up a bit during Spring. Cut off any extremely leggy branches.
Keep in mind that this season’s blossoms will come out on old wood. Therefore, anything that is cut away will include some Spring blooms.
Wisteria is extremely hardy. In fact, it is almost an invasive weed-like vine in parts of the deep-south.
Make sure to lop off dead shoots and old, rotting branches because they may be diseased. If they are diseased, they will infect the healthier parts of the plant.
Dogwoods are fun to prune during the Spring season while they are still dormant because they can actually be shaped into lovely Japanese-style under-story trees if done correctly.
Avoid using a saw to cut off the branches. Instead, prune away small branches from a main branch that you want to keep dominant.
Don’t cut your Crepe Myrtle trees with saws by hacking the tree off straight across the top, as this can cause it to completely lose its shape.
Similar to that of Dogwoods, Crepe Myrtles have phenomenal growth of the limbs, if they are pruned the right way.
Never cut off any but side branches, making sure to leave a basic main branch intact, with only one or two other branches gracefully arching off that one.
Additionally, always cut away the succors at the base of any Crepe Myrtle tree. If you have a young tree, make sure to cut all but three or four main trunks. Otherwise, you will eventually have a mass of trunks that are shapeless.
The following are some small bushes and perennials that you can also prune in the Spring:
- Balloon Flowers
- Black-eyed Susan
- Butterfly Bush
- Oriental Poppy
- Pincushion Flower
- Russian Sage
These just a few tips on how to prune your flowers for Spring. Agscapes Landscaping offers landscaping services for flower beds to ensure they brings growth and aesthetic to your property. Contact us with the link below to get started on your spring gardening and landscape today!