I'm far from a horticulturist (so I have Q's)

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by vencops, May 25, 2011.

  1. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    Can someone point me towards an online (or printed material) source that explains when individual plants are best pruned (time of year/stage of growth/amount to prune)?

    Thanks.
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    I would first check you local extension office and see what they have to offer.

    North Carolina Extension

    I took the Master Gardner's course through the U of I extension and that was a great decision for me.
     
  3. vencops

    vencops LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
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    White Gardens....

    THANK YOU for that link. That is an incredible source.
     
  4. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The basic rule of thumb is to prune after the plant blooms. This is so that new buds can form for the next year.

    I don't prune in the rain or when it is windy as disease can blow in from who knows where.

    For most shrubs, I would wager it is safe to prune whenever you need to.


    As you already have a plant refernce, For tree pruning info go to ISA or Dr. Alex Shigo
     
    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  5. jeffslawnservice

    jeffslawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
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    Shigo has a few good books that I read for one of my landscape classes last semester, so I would definitly look into him.
     
  6. Dr.NewEarth

    Dr.NewEarth LawnSite Bronze Member
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    One of the Landscape Association members that I studied arboriculture with
    told me he called the Shigo Institute to ask a question and Alex Shigo actually got on the phone and talked to him. Wow!
    Rock Star Status of Tree studies.

    Unfortunately the man has now passed away.
     

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