You green thumbs may not realize this, but this month
can be a relly good time to cut back some of your
flowering plants to make them even better for next
Cory Malles has more in today's Hands on Gardening.
In today's Hands on Gardening I'm joined by Steve
Huntzicker from the UW-Extension Office.
Steve a lot of people don't relaize that June is a
good month for pruning, especially those spring blooming
That's really our timing that we're gonna be aiming
for with spring flowers that have come out on most
of our shrubs and now died back.
We think about lilac and forsythia and vibernum, red
twig dogwood can be all plants that now is the time
in June when we can get out and do some pruning before
they reset bud.
And it's actually a good idea because it can actually
increase growth for the following season.
And flower production as well.
Some of the new growth will give us bigger and better
Sometimes we get in a habit of always pruning the
old growth and leaving bigger stems, parts fo the
It's important we think about removing some of those,
instead of mass pruning.
We might want to selectivelt prune out some of those
different larger stems and allow some new growth to
come out on some of those spring blooming shrubs.
Are there any tips that will give you the optimum
benefit? tHE BIGGEST TIP WE CAN PROBABLY LOOK AT
IS AS THOSE PLANTS LOSE BLOOMS or we are down to one
stem that has one flower on it.
It's probably time to remove those out, until we get
some new good budding again and some new growth.
Is now the right time or can you do it at any pointn
during the summer? Really this is our window, our
buds are going to start to form as we moce through
late summer and into the fall for next year's growth.
Now is our time.
Thatis today's Hands on Gardening.