abc
QUICK LINKS:

Pruning Spring Flowering Shrubs

Created: 04/10/2012 12:43 PM WDIO.com

Bring your overgrown lilacs (Syringa), Forsythia, and other spring flowering shrubs down to size while maintaining their natural beauty and spring floral display.

Prune spring blooming shrubs right after flowering. These shrubs set their flower buds in summer and pruning any other time will eliminate the all important spring floral display.

You’ll need safety glasses to protect your eyes and gloves. Use bypass pruners that make a clean cut that closes quickly. Cut small stems ½ inch diameter or less with hand pruners. Use loppers to extend your reach and cut slightly bigger stems and a pruning saw for the rest.

Start by removing any crossed or dead branches. Then remove a few of the larger stems, on suckering shrubs, right back to ground level. Reduce the height on the remaining stems as needed. Make your cut on a slight angle above an outward facing bud or stem.

A bit more information:

Summer blooming shrubs like Potentillas, summer blooming spireas, and Annabelle hydrangeas form their flowers on new growth. Prune these, when needed, in late winter or early spring before growth begins or anytime during the dormant season.

Visit www.melindamyers.com for more gardening tips, videos, audio tips and more.

Front Page

  • Kayleene Danielle Greniger Suspect's Girlfriend Charged as Accomplice in Itasca County Beheading

    The girlfriend of the Itasca County murder suspect is now being charged with two felonies for her alleged role in the death of a 20-year old Hibbing man. Court documents filed Thursday charge 22-year old Kayleene Danielle Greniger with felony accomplice after the fact to second degree murder and with felony third degree assault. Both are connected to the death of David Alexander Haiman.  

  • Officials Warn Traffic Deaths Up Ahead of Holiday Weekend

    Traffic fatalities rose 14 percent in 2015 in Minnesota and 13 percent in Wisconsin. Ahead of the long holiday weekend, officials are warning folks to be attentive and focused on driving. 

  • 'Dome' Rail Car Makes Duluth Debut

    A two-level dome rail car was unveiled in Duluth on Thursday as the newest way to view the North Shore. The "Homestake Pass" car is now part of the North Shore Scenic Railroad fleet and it's luxury leather armchair seating leads up to a glassed-in dome with expansive views at tree-top level. 

  • Minnesota Power Files Revised Rate Plan

    Lower electric rates may soon be in store for up to a dozen northeastern Minnesota industrial companies. Minnesota Power filed a new rate plan today in hopes for approval. 

  • Sen. Al Franken plans to introduce a legislative package on rural health care in the coming days. Sen. Franken to Introduce Rural Health Legislative Package

    After going on a Rural Health Tour last year, Sen. Al Franken is introducing a legislative package to help with rural health care.

 
Advertisement