How to: Pruning Calendars

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How to: Pruning Calendars
Pruning trees and plants doesn't have to be a burden. (Jupiterimages/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Tress, bushes and shrubs all have one thing in common: they need to be pruned regularly to grow strong and healthy. If you would like to improve the appearance of your landscaping and outdoor space, then you should consider creating a pruning calendar for your plants and trees. A pruning calendar will help you keep track of when each plant or tree was last pruned, as well as when they should be pruned again. This system can help to make maintaining your outdoor space much simpler.

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    Make a list of each type of plant or tree in your yard that needs to be pruned. Include any tree, plant, bush or shrub that would benefit from periodic pruning.

  2. 2

    Get a calendar to designate to your pruning schedule. You can create this calendar yourself and include general timelines, such as month or seasons, or you can purchase a calendar and use it for you pruning calendar.

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    Research all of the trees and plants on your list to find out when they need to be pruned. You can visit your local plant nursery to learn more about each one. For example, summer flowering trees, such as hydrangeas or roses, should be pruned once a year in early spring, while spring flowering shrubs, such as rhododendrons or lilacs, need to be pruned during the late spring or early summer months, such as May or June.

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    Research general guidelines for trees and plants in case you can't find specific information about each one. Generally, if flowering occurs in early spring, prune right after the flowering occurs. Those that flower in either the summer or fall need to be pruned when they are dormant and not flowering. Trees that are at risk of contracting the bacterial disease fireblight, regardless of flowering time, should be pruned when they are dormant and not flowering, as well.

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    Use the information you gathered to fill in your calendar. For each month you will be pruning, include the names of all the plants and trees that will need to be pruned. Spreading the work out over the month or season can help to lessen the burden of pruning. For example, if you have several redbud and several dogwood trees, you will need to prune them both in the early spring months of March and April. On your calendar, designate one type of tree for each month to make the job easier.

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