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Cutting back early enough means it soon produces new growth and a few more flowers.

When Can You Cut Back Bushes? A lot of homeowners have questions in regard to the timing of pruning bushes. But there is no simple answer. That’s because the ideal timing is often dependent upon the plant variety. There are generally certain times of the year that are best for certain plants. Even within plant categories, there can be variations. DO prune flowering shrubs at the right time of year. Spring-flowering shrubs, such as lilac and forsythia, develop buds in late summer and early fall that will display the following year.

If you Estimated Reading Time: 5 mins. Oct 05, Managing large shrubs isn’t done overnight. Instead, prune neglected, overgrown shrubs over three years. Each year, take out a third of the heaviest stems to start new growth developing.

Once you have completed renovation by overgrown shrub pruning, take the time every year to remove two or three of the older bushfall.buzzted Reading Time: 2 mins.

Aug 05, The 1/3 rule can be applied to most shrubs and small ornamental trees, but for larger shade trees, pruning should be limited to no more than 1/4 of the total branches.

Shade trees, too, will be stimulated into new growth by assertive pruning, but they do not require the same vigorous pruning that multi-stemmed shrubs bushfall.buzzted Reading Time: 6 mins. Jul 09, Cut back to just below the flower stems and don’t be afraid to cut a little more drastically on older plants. As a good guide, cut back to wherever you can see tiny new shoots emerging on the branches.

Callistemon, the bottlebrush, in a pot on my patio has flowered well and still is producing blooms. As the flowers fade I cut back to behind.