How do I prune my plants and what's the best time for pruning?

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The proper pruning technique won’t just keep your plants looking good this season, they’ll keep them beautiful for many seasons to come. Let us show you how to prune based on the kinds of plants you have in your yard and garden.

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Pruning your plants ensures healthy growth and makes them more beautiful this season and for many seasons to come. But different plants need different pruning.Annuals, for instance, don’t need much pruning at all during the growing season. Sometimes they don’t need any pruning. That said, if you prune spent flowers – often called “dead heading” – it may make the plant look better, and, in some cases it could even stimulate new blooms. You can also cut them back if they get too long and leggy, but never prune more than 50% of the plant.Perennials require little or no pruning during the growing season, although you can deadhead them, too. In the fall, they’ll naturally go dormant. That becomes the perfect time to remove the old foliage. Use a small hand pruner so that you don’t damage the base or crown of the plant.For trees and shrubs, you can prune at any time of the year, although you’ll want to avoid extremely hot temperatures. Where buds are visible, prune just above them. And where possible, always prune back to an outward facing bud.Don’t use shears. Use well-sharpened hand pruners or loppers. And if you’re going to undertake a major pruning, wait until the tree or shrub is dormant.For more plant advice, visit your local Westlake Hardware. We’re always here to help.

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