To be successful, every gardener needs to know about proper pruning. Knowing how — and when — to prune your plants, shrubs, and trees is essential to keeping your yard and garden healthy. If you’re not entirely sure what you should be pruning and when, here are some helpful tips.
1. When You See Dead, Diseased, or Tangled Branches
As a general rule, anytime you see dead stems, flowers, or branches, that’s the time to cut them off — no matter what time of year it is. Also, when you see branches are crossing and rubbing on each other, you should prune to fix the problem. In addition, any shoots or suckers growing from trunks or near the ground should be pruned away.