Tips for Pruning and Trimming Your Shrubs

Published on: June 11, 2017

A beautifully pruned or trimmed shrub or hedge can enhance your landscaping. However, shrubs that are allowed to grow out of control can make your yard look unkempt. Knowing how to correctly trim and prune your shrubs can ensure they look neat and stay healthy. Here are a few tips for keeping your shrubs and hedges looking beautiful.

When to Prune

It is not just how to prune but also when. Different shrubs and hedges require trimming at the right point in the season. A few basic rules of thumb include:

  • Trim flowering shrubs after they bloom. This could be in late spring for some, in the fall for summer bloomers.
  • Prune after new growth. For shrubs that do not bloom, wait for new growth to form before pruning. Too soon and you may hinder the new growth.


When trying to manicure a shrub or hedge, technique is important. Start by clipping dead branches and the largest ones first. Use the deeper ends of your shears or pruner to cut touch branches, making a clean cut for easier healing. To cut straight lines, use a point of reference and use string to create an outline of where you want the line to be before cutting.


Knowing which tool to use for different trimming projects will make the job easier. You can talk to an expert at your garden center to determine which tools are best for which projects.

Trimming and pruning can be more difficult than it seems. You don’t want to make the wrong cuts that could harm your shrubs or prune at the wrong time. A fool proof way to keep your shrubs and hedges looking beautiful and healthy is to hire a professional landscaper. They have the right tools and expertise to ensure the job gets done right.

Posted on behalf of:
Tommy Gun Lawn Care
Alpharetta, GA 30040

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