Pruning Flowering Shrubs article
March 3, 2010
I came across this brief, but thorough, article on pruning flowering shrubs to maximize bloom, written by Kathy Zuzek. When pruning flowering shrubs, it is important to know if they bloom on old wood or new wood, so as not to inadvertently remove next years flower buds that have formed. It is easy to get chop happy in the Spring, especially if you live in Minnesota and have been waiting, and waiting, to get outside and work after a good old-fashioned winter like we’ve had this year. With just a brief understanding of when you should prune and when you should wait will make your yard and garden more beautiful in bloom.
Kathy includes a handy table of shrubs grown in Minnesota that can require pruning, and lists them as blooming on old wood or new wood to help us understand when to prune.
You will have to scroll down past the article on ‘Emerald Ash Borer is found in Minneapolis’ to find the article, but all the articles in this Yard and Garden News issue are worth reading if you are a Minnesotan and enjoy your own yard or garden.
All credits to Kathy Zuzek for Pruning Shrubs to Maximize Blooms.