While the weather isn’t cooperating so far this year for many gardening chores, there are a few things that you can still do to get your garden in shape for when spring truly arrives.
Spring is the time to prune woody plants to remove damaged or diseased branches, to rejuvenate old shrubs to promote flowering, or to improve their shape. Spring pruning stimulates growth as when you cut back a shoot, you cause buds on the remaining part of the branch to break into growth.
Shrubs that bloom in the spring or early summer should be pruned shortly after they flower. Shrubs that bloom in the later summer or fall, such as Butterfly Bushes, Hydrangeas and Potentilla, should be pruned in the spring before their buds open.
Tips For Pruning Other Popular Plants
- Climbing Roses – shorten old growth back by about one-third
- Rambling Roses – these flower on old wood. Don’t prune until they’ve flowered
- Vines – Prune to keep within bounds before leaves unfurl
- Perennials – cut back close to the ground before new growth starts. Cut back woody perennials (such as Russian sage) by one-half to one-third to promote new growth. Tall plants, such as delphiniums will give a better display of flowers, and have stronger stems if excess shoots are pruned
Spring pruning also helps you discover what plants didn’t overwinter well and should be replaces. If you’re not sure if it’s the right time to prune or how to prune, our GreenWay staff can help you determine what is best for your garden.
If you’re pruned and find out that you have some space, GreenWay has lots of new shrubs, vines and of course perennials that can fill up those open spaces. Come on in and check out our supply for yourself or contact us to learn more!