Puzzled Over Pruning?

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Pruning a tree branch

Knowing when and how to prune trees and shrubs can seem like a guessing game. It is important to know what you are pruning, as there isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach. Pruning at the wrong time of the year can make plants susceptible to insect and disease issues. It can also remove buds that would result in new growth and blooms.

Another important factor to consider is understanding your growing zone and utilizing resources to ensure you are pruning at the right time.

Below are some helpful links to guide you through caring for the plants in your garden and landscape.

North Carolina State Extension

How to prune specific plants

General pruning techniques

Winter Pruning

Pruning Calendar

Virginia Cooperative Extension

VA Tech Deciduous Tree Pruning Calendar

Evergreen Tree Pruning Calendar

Shrub Pruning Calendar