With the spring season coming to an end, there is little new growth on trees and shrubs. And with the warmer weather, the new growth from the spring has started to mature.
For example, notice that the spring flowering shrubs—such as lilac and forsythia—have stopped flowering and are now green plants. This is the phase of growing season when landscapers say spring plants have “harden off.” Once shrubs have reached this stage, it is safe to prune again.
When we prune, we are helping to open plants up and remove old growth, thus encouraging new young growth. You can think of it like a haircut! At M.J. Design, we LOVE helping all plants thrive and grow, so we DO NOT shear plants. Shearing creates growth points at the end of the branches, causing dense and weak growth.
M.J. Design’s proper pruning practice details:
We prune to remove dead, diseased, and weak branches, especially from the center of the plant.
We prune to help maintain the plant’s natural shape.
We prune to help maintain the strongest branches.
We prune to create light and air movement to the center of the plant.
We prune to remove poor crotch angles, that create weak connections and will fail as plant ages.