Maintenance 101

  1. Always prune! You can do more damage by not maintaining your materials than if you maintain it incorrectly.
  2. If it blooms, trim it within two weeks after it has finished blooming.
  3. If it is an evergreen, trim it just after new growth has come on. This is mid-June in Minnesota. Trimming now will allow a small amount of additional new growth to come on preventing the plant from looking like it just came from the barber shop.
  4. If it was not an evergreen or flowering trim it in the fall. There are a few exceptions to this one like trim oak trees in the winter to prevent the spread of oak wilt, but for the typical homeowner this tip holds true for his or her shrubbery.
  5. Call Mark if you are a client that has questions about any specific pruning needs.