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How do you trim dogwood?

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The method of trimming dogwood trees depends on the variety. In general, trimming the trees includes removing dead and diseased branches when you notice them.

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Cutting shrubby varieties of dogwood trees to the ground on a routine basis helps them grow new, colorful stems. This allows removal of the less desirable branches and stems, making room for better-looking stems. Other dogwoods don’t need much pruning aside from looking for dead branches and removing them. Trimming is optional for overgrown dogwoods. Also consider removing low-hanging branches periodically. It is best to prune in late winter and early spring, prior to new growth.

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