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tigerinthebueche
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is it time to cut back shrubs?
I realize it depends on the shrub, but generally speaking, do you wait till the first cold snap to trim stuff back or do you do it in particular month?


Motorboat
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re: is it time to cut back shrubs?
I could be wrong, but I always though you prune in late winter, just before growing season, so as not to damage before winter.


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Pussykat
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re: is it time to cut back shrubs?
Depends on the shrub. Cutting back can stimulate new growth which you don’t want now. If it’s a spring blooming shrub you may be cutting off buds.


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re: is it time to cut back shrubs?
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If it’s a spring blooming shrub you may be cutting off buds.


This/\ You need to identify the shrub and look up the procedure to make sure you don't cut back growth that is going to make the flowers in the spring-----if you have flowering shrubs.

My last house had non-flowering shrubs across the front and I would trim them back in the late winter when I was sure no new growth would pop up until spring came.


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tigerinthebueche
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re: is it time to cut back shrubs?
Thanks guys. I'll push back my pruning plans till February.
One more thing on my list I can put off till later!!


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CoachChappy
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re: is it time to cut back shrubs?
If it is azaleas, 100% no. You want to cut those back after they bloom, but before July 4th or you risk cutting off next years, buds. Many plants are the same.


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CrawDude
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re: is it time to cut back shrubs?
What kind of shrubs? Flowering shrubs like azaleas that bloom on second year wood should be pruned after flowering and before new buds are set - those are usually spring flowering shrubs.

Shrubs that bloom on first year growth (new season’s growth), for example limelight hydrangeas, should be pruned in late winter, these shrubs usually bloom summer/fall.

Non-blooming shrubs are generally pruned in late winter. So ID each shrub variety you have and look up the pruning recommendations for that shrub cultivar or come back and ask the board.
This post was edited on 10/10 at 7:40 am


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AU_251
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re: is it time to cut back shrubs?
As a landscaper, I trim pretty much all shrubs all the time. About 99% of the time you’ll be fine.

With flowering shrubs, you want to trim after bloom. But the worst that will happen is you’ll miss a bloom.


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