Pruning is one of the most important cultural practices in landscape management. Proper pruning helps keep plants’ attractive and vigorous and will add years to the plants usefulness. Many people are apprehensive about pruning, but knowing how, when and why to prune will end these fears.
3. Prune to increase flowering and fruiting. More flower buds will be formed for the following season if old flowers are removed when they lose their attractiveness, a practice called dead-heading.
4. Prune to train plants to a particular size or shape, including hedge and espalier forms.
5. Prune to rejuvenate old, overgrown shrubs and restore plant density, shape and vigor. Large-habit plants in the wrong place, like hollies, privet and photinia planted in front of windows, should be replaced. When cut back or pruned severely, the large root system that remains helps these plants quickly resume their original size.