Although most people believe that pruning should be left for the spring and early summer, there are a host of shrubs and plants that need attention all summer long and into the fall. As you’re puttering around your yard this weekend, here are a couple of pruning projects for your yard.
Summer Pruning: Shear deciduous or evergreen hedges. Prune mature climbing roses that are more than three years old, and rambling roses after they bloom. Prune dogwoods, maples, walnuts, and yellow-wood if needed. Prune summer-flowering shrubs and trees as blossoms fade.
Fall: Trim long rose canes (If they remain, the winter wind will damage them and surrounding objects as wind whips them).
An August afternoon in Utah is the perfect time to pull out the clippers and give the yard the once-over. If you have any questions about summer pruning, please feel free to stop by any Western Garden Center and visit with one of our expert gardeners. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.