Gardening experts urge prudent pruning
by Hawkins Teague
Feb 27, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If you’re thinking about doing your winter pruning soon, you might want to wait until the plants start to show signs of development.

Jim Mullen, the president of the Gateway Garden Club, told The Cadiz Record that if gardeners have any suspicion that their plants or trees might be damaged, they should wait to prune them.

“If they think there’s any damage, I would certainly wait,” he said. Pruning is kind of an art.”

Ultimately, though, each gardener must use his or her best judgment because one can’t always tell what’s growing and what isn’t. If bushes are too thick, they can be cut at any time, he said.

“If you want more light and better airflow, it’s best to cut bushes before spring,” Mullen said.

Richard Durham, the associate extension professor of consumer horticulture for the University of Kentucky, said recently that last spring’s late freeze and last year’s drought have caused the need to be patient when waiting to prune this year. He told Katie Pratt, the Editorial Officer in Agricultural Communication Services at the UK College of Agriculture, that gardeners should hold off on winter pruning until plants and trees start to signs of development. This is because some of the plants might come out of dormancy with additional damage, he said.

“Typically, winter pruning is done between mid February and mid March after most of the severe winter weather has subsided, and it is just before spring – one of the busiest times for plant growth,” Pratt wrote in her article. “However, because of last year’s unusual weather, people can wait to prune as late as the end of March to early April, Durham said.”

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