Plants You Need to Prune Right Now

November is a good time to take a look at your yard and begin pre-winter pruning in preparation for the coming season. By this time, most plants are dormant, so it is a good opportunity to focus on maintenance that will set you up for the spring.

Consider these ways you can care for your plants before winter settles in.

Perennials

Pruning perennials will keep your garden orderly and healthy throughout winter. Remove any flowers, stems or leafs that show sign of unhealthy growth such as decay or fungal matter. After pruning, be sure to mulch and fertilize to protect the plant from frost.

Shrubs

Shrubs that are too big or overgrown can also be pruned at this time. To properly do this, thin out shrubs by removing dead, broken, or insect-infested branches. Pruning shrubs by thinning rather than shearing will also reduce the size of the shrub while holding its shape.

Trees

Prune right now to prevent possible damage from heavy winds and snowfall this winter. Be sure all leaves have fallen before you begin to prune trees, as this allows the damaged branches to be more visible and makes it easier to evaluate the build of the tree.

In addition to removing damaged areas and trimming plants, it is also recommended to prune with caution this time of year for safety purposes and to prevent future harm to the plant. If in question, ask a local garden professional or refer to online sources.

Here are some other guidelines to help you with pre-winter pruning:

  • Cutting anything that is still growing will risk the chance of new growth, making the plant more susceptible to winter damage
  • Use only sharp, clean garden tools that are suitable for the job at hand
  • Do research before you begin to know how much to trim to keep the plant healthy and equipped for the winter months
  • If in doubt whether or not to prune, you're better off waiting

 

The Dirt from Troy-Bilt

November/December 2014