There are lots of reasons to prune plants. To improve shape, bloom and fruit production,eliminate disease or week growth, and of course after a hard freeze to remove dead or damaged limbs. Now is the time to prune Rose bushes to improve bloom production and shape! Watch the video for a short how to and or come to our (repeat due to popular demand) pruning class on February 16th at 10am! It is important you do this in the near future before the plant really takes off this spring! Now is the time to prune deciduous fruit and shade trees to improve fruit production, shape, and structure. It can make the trees easier to pick fruit, you can control size, and in the case of shade trees, improve structure and eliminate possible limb breakage come this monsoon! Again we will combine a class with roses on the 16th of February to talk about proper pruning techniques for trees! May Rule Pruning: In general if a plant blooms (most of the country after May) in the late Spring and thru the summer, it is blooming on new growth. To stimulate and improve new growth the plant should be pruned before new growth and blooms occurs-late winter or early spring! Examples would be Roses, Hibiscus, Peach Trees, Lantana… If a plant blooms in the winter or early spring, it is blooming on last years growth and should not be pruned until after it blooms or you’ll be pruning off the potential blooms. Examples-Citrus, Cassia,Red and Yellow Emu..!
Pruning Frost sensitive plants after damage! These plants will benefit from good hard pruning and this year you’ll have no choice. You should wait until after the danger of frost has occurred (Mid to late February). The damaged foliage will act as protection should another freeze occur. Many times the plant will have started to leaf out and you’ll know how far back you can prune to reach live wood. Other times your pruners will tell you. There is a huge difference when cutting thru green branches and dead ones and you’ll know it immediately, besides the color under the bark.
So it is time to prune many things but not frost damaged plants! See you on the 16th of February and we’ll show you how!!
Click here if you don’t want to have to do this to prune your fruit tree!
See you on the 16th 10 am at both Harper’s Locations!!
Besides Pruning What Is Going On?
Planting or getting ready to plant Tomato plants
Planting New Rose bushes
Planting Grapes and Berry Vines
Planting Deciduous Fruit trees: Figs, Peaches, Pomegranates,Apples…
Plant the Last crop of winter or leafy veggies and root crops *onions, carrots…”
Be sure to control new weeds early before they get big. With recent rain they’ll pop up quick as temps warm!
Begin to fertilize-Remember Valentine’s day is a big target day for feeding Citrus, fruit trees and most all of your trees and shrubs!
Best Time To plant a shade tree was years ago, next best time is today!
With Spring approaching and with most all yards having some damage with freezing temperatures, now is a great time to evaluate how well you like or don’t like your yard! In fact this is the subject of our next two radio shows at Rosie On The House(every Saturday at 8 am on 92.3fm KTAR) Perhaps you’ve been wanting to do some thing new anyway-a great sitting area, a water feature, lighting, a new outdoor kitchen? Since you’re going to have to be doing a lot of pruning and or removal anyway, why not think about all the new possibilities? Let the Harper team know if we can help. We can schedule a FREE evaluation of you landscape and help you explore the options of having you “love” you landscape!
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