Plants are pruned for a variety of reason. Prune plants to maintain health and desired appearance by pruning out dead, diseased and unwanted branches. Old flowers and fruit should also be removed as they may become unsightly. Pruning faded flowers (dead heading) enables the plants to put more energy into growth versus making seeds. By pruning plants regularly you can control size and appearance without having to prune extensively. Late fall is a good time to evaluate deciduous plants for pruning after the leaves have fallen.
August 13, 2012