Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spring Pruning

Early Spring Pruning

We posted on our Facebook page earlier this winter about making sure your trees were pruned prior to spring. Now that spring is quickly approaching and I can clearly see some tree buds starting to swell, you need to get to work on some of the shrubbery on your property.

Each of the following plants are commonly found in Siouxland yards and can be safely pruned in the early spring.

  • Butterfly Bush (Buddleia Davidii)
  • Flowering Dogwood (Cornus florida)
  • Fall Clematis (Clematis terniflora)
  • Honeysuckle (Lonicera fragrantissiam)
  • Hydrangea, Peegee (Hydrangea paniculata ‘Grandiflora’)
  • Potentilla (Potentilla fruticosa)
  • Spirea (except Bridal Wreath) (Spirea japonica))
  • Wisteria (Wistera species)

If you have one of these, clean and sharpen your pruners and give them a trim before they start to grow. Frankly, I cut my Fall Clematis to the ground every spring and I am always amazed at how HUGE it is in the fall. The first time I did it I was terrified, but the results were fabulous, so now it is an early spring ritual.

Before you run outside and butcher all your shrubs, I wouldn't reccomend you hack all these plants to the ground!! Each has individual needs,so do a little research first. I have found the Monrovia website to be very helpful with information on specific plants. About.com also has a "How to Prune Your Shrubbery" article. Or visit your local garden center for advice. Here in Siouxland, John Kluver at Earl May has a weatlth of knowledge about plant care and is always delighted to share what he knows.

Enjoy the milder weather!

Keep it Green!


  1. You have such a beautiful spring bush! I'm absolutely jealous of your garden, I can't even imagine what the full looks like! Please post more photos!

    -Evergreen Tree & Shrub Inc.
    Tree Pruning Brooklyn

    1. You wouldn't be impressed at all with our spring garden! It is still mostly barren. This is a photo of an Autumn Clematis last fall. It is a delightful plant if you have an arbor or trellis to house it. No effort to grown and smells heavenly.