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Menards Home Improvement Topic: "Fall Pruning"

Posted: 9:11 AM, Sep 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-07 13:11:01Z

The advice by many experts regarding fall pruning is “DON’T DO IT” as it can cause more harm than good.

  • Pruning in the fall would stimulate new growth when a plant should be trying to go dormant.
  • New growth weakens the plant which is not what a plant needs when it is heading into winter.
  • Fall pruning creates a wound that can result in a more severe winterkill

Good time to prune

  • Middle of winter or early spring if you absolutely can’t stop yourself.
  • When it is sunny and dry as pruning while it is wet/damp outside will cause diseases to spread. Damp weather promotes mold and bacteria.
  • In the spring once a plant has finished flowering.

Pruning too much

  • Most plants don’t require pruning-Fruit trees and overgrown shrubs are really the only thing that requires it and helps them to produce more fruits and flowers.

Pruning focus

  • Dead or dying branches
  • Low hanging branches
  • Prune back to the main stem 
    • Leaving a stub sticking out opens your tree or shrub up to bacteria or gives insects a home.

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