There’s something about this time of the year that makes people crave pruning more than vampires yearn for blood. With fall garden cleanup in full swing, maybe it’s all the raking and mulching that has people going bananas. But before you start hacking at your trees and bushes, take a tip from a seasoned gardening expert.
“The rules of fall pruning are simple: Prune nothing in the fall! That’s Nada! Bupkiss! Zilch! Zero!” pleads emphatic gardening expert Mike McGrath, author of Mike McGrath’s Book of Compost, and radio host of the radio show You Bet Your Garden. That goes for shrubs and plants as well as trees, McGrath insists. “Hang little signs on your roses that say, ‘Leave me alone until midwinter; or even better, spring.’ There are no exceptions! Do not prune anything now. Got it?” CONTINUE
Learn more about “WHAT, HOW and WHEN” to prune trees by clicking on this Virginia Cooperative Extension article: A Guide to Successful Pruning, Pruning Deciduous Trees