How to prune young shrubs

How to prune young shrubs

Find out how to prune young shrubs like deutzias, lilacs and viburnums to encourage strong, healthy growth.

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The pruning of a shrub during its formative years will determine its shape and how well it flowers.

In these early years, pruning is best done around the time of leaf fall, so you can judge which are the weakest shoots to remove. This allows the plant to channel all its energy into making strong, worthwhile stems and a vigorous root system to support its growth in the coming years.

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