Knowing exactly when to prune is an important step in keeping plants healthy. Use our seasonal guide to plan your gardening calendar.

How to Prune

Before you start clipping, it’s best to know what you’re looking to remove. Prune any dead, dying, or diseased branches. If you’re dealing with disease, cut well below any affected areas and don’t prune when it’s wet outside, since water can spread the harmful stuff. You’ll also want to cut back any limbs encroaching on walkways or mown areas so they don’t get broken off. Thinning branches in general also allows more sunlight and air to reach the center of trees and shrubs.

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