Pruning is periodically required on most all of the landscape’s trees and shrubs. Pruning establishes a growth habit and branching that is not only appealing but will improve the strength and health of the plant. Removing dead or dying material from plants will limit the spread of disease, fungus and rot (remember to sterilize equipment).
The season for pruning will be different depending on the plant in question. Most trees and shrubs are best pruned when dormant. Flowering shrubs should be pruned each season after the flowers disappear as blooms often appear on last season’s growth.