Panicle hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata) will often grow up to 8 or 10 feet tall and wide. These types of hydrangeas bloom on new wood. This makes them one of the easiest hydrangeas to prune as they can be pruned almost any time of year, except summer.
You may have heard the terms “rejuvenation pruning” or “renovation pruning” and wondered what it meant. What exactly is being “rejuvenated” or “renovated”? Basically, it involves cutting a shrub right down to the ground. That’s right – just whack the whole thing down to ground level or just a little higher. Surprisingly, shrubs that respond […]
Some overgrown shrubs can be cut to the ground and they’ll grow right back (this is sometimes called rejuvenation pruning). Typically, these are fairly vigorous shrubs that produce flowers on new wood. But be careful – even some of the shrubs on this list may never recover if they’re not in very good health before you whack them back.
Late winter is the ideal time to prune many types of deciduous trees, shrubs, and vines. However, the trick is knowing which ones to prune now and which ones to leave until later. Here are a few general guidelines to help you prune the right thing at the right time. The following should be pruned […]
Pruning is an acquired art. It takes practice but, most of all, it requires an understanding of what you’re doing and why. That’s what our course, Pruning With Confidence, will teach you. But even if you don’t take the course, these five questions will help you decide what to do. WHAT kind of plant am […]
There are a lot of books that try to teach you how to prune – some with more success than others. Here are our top recommendations to help you learn more about pruning. American Horticultural Society Pruning and Training, by Christopher Brickell and David Joyce Revised edition (July 18, 2011), 336 pages. This book […]
What is Topping? Topping is the practice of drastically cutting back all of a tree’s larger branches at a random point to make them shorter. The result is a tree with large, stubby branches sticking out in all directions. Effects of Tree Topping Topping a tree is often sold to the homeowner as a way […]
It can be hard to tell if a branch is dead or just late in producing leaves or flowers. Deadwood doesn’t suddenly turn a different color or put out a sign saying “I’m done. Please prune me.” So how do you know what’s truly deadwood and what’s still living? Here are some ways to identify […]
If you had to pick one time of year to prune, the best choice would be late winter. Now I know there are exceptions (like removing dead, damaged, or diseased stems at any time, or removing suckers and watersprouts in late summer), but there are some very good reasons why late winter is best in […]
Hydrangeas generally need very little pruning. However, there are times when a good prune will be helpful. Here are 5 reasons to prune hydrangeas. Damaged and Diseased Stems. Always prune out damaged or diseased stems. Many hydrangeas that bloom heavily (particularly on long stems) will get weighed down from heavy rain, or blown around by […]