Prune early-spring blooming plants and trees in late spring after they finish blooming. Summer-bloomers should be pruned in winter or early spring before the plant begins producing new growth, while trees and shrubs that... More »

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To prune wisteria during the first and second years of growth, tie the strongest branches to a supporting frame, and cut away unwanted growth twice per year. After the second year, or after the main branches of the wiste... More »

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Hibiscus plants need to be pruned back approximately one third of the way down each branch, notes Hidden Valley Hibiscus. Pruning cuts should be made at 45-degree angles directly above nodes, which are the locations wher... More »

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The optimal pruning time for citrus trees is early spring, prior to the flowering and fruiting cycles. This can reduce the amount of fruit produced, but keeps the tree healthier by thinning out the canopy. More »

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Prune azaleas in spring before they start showing new growth. Use sharp hand shears or loppers to first remove dead branches or branches in shade. Try to always trim back to just above a dormant bud. More »

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Prune maple trees as late in the spring as possible, but before the growing season starts in earnest. Pruning too early in the season causes the tree to bleed more sap. To encourage the growth of larger branches, prune a... More »

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Prune river birch tree to one main branch, leaving two or three saplings on either side. Remove sucker shoots growing on the base of the tree to redirect nutrients to the main sapling branch. Remove the top stems, leavin... More »