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Pruning Evergreens in Summer: A Step-by-Step Guide

by Gregory
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Pruning Evergreens in Summer

Summer pruning is a great way to keep your evergreen plants healthy and looking their best. Here’s how to do it:

Why Prune Evergreens in Summer?

  • To maintain their shape
  • To control their growth
  • To remove frost-damaged stems
  • To encourage new growth

What You’ll Need

  • Pruning shears or loppers
  • Pruning saw (optional)

How to Prune Evergreen Shrubs

  1. Remove old wood. Cut away about a third of the old wood, focusing on crossing and congested branches.
  2. Cut back to new buds. Trace down the branches to where you see strong, new buds. Cut just above these buds.
  3. Cut back vigorous sideshoots. Cut back any long, fast-growing sideshoots. This will help keep your plants compact and encourage flowering.
  4. Encourage compact growth. Cut back any long, unproductive stems. This will help your plants grow more densely and take up less space.

Other Plants You Can Prune in Summer

  • Wisteria
  • Hydrangeas
  • Buddleia
  • Lavender

If you’re not sure how to prune a specific plant, it’s always best to consult with a gardening expert.

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