I just started a lawn care business and the client request the lantanas be maintained. Every site, I review say they should be pruned in spring and winter. Please look at pictures and advise. Any advice would be appreciated. Thank you.
There appears to be a lot more going on in those beds besides lantana, Virginia creeper, misc. weeds,
etc... What little lantana is showing looks to have powdery mildew & insect damage. This could be the
result of many factors, too much shade, overhead irrigation, just a few. Assuming this is the perennial
cultivar, in your area, if you cut this back now it could re-flush new growth only to go dormant when
the frost arrives. Typically there’s no need to prune as they bloom a long spring/summer season before
going to seed. Lantana breeding has come a long way, many new and improved varieties available, perhaps
you could suggest to your client a new installation for spring.
As stated above, cut it back to 4-5" from the ground. Clean up the bed around it and mulch. If it stays warm, you'll see new growth on the remaining stems in a few weeks, hand prune to the ground everything that did not sprout growth, keeping the shape symmetrical and enjoy the Spring flowers. Then use your hedge sheers next season to maintain the shape and size you want.