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Written by Robert Sanchez, Douglas County Colorado Master Gardener
Why Should You Prune?
Proper pruning promotes good health of your plants by removing dead or diseased branches, structurally shapes young trees to minimize future injury, and restores vigor to shrubs.
When Should You Prune?
The middle of winter (December through February) is the best time for pruning most trees and shrubs because you have a clear view and easy access to the branches. Plants wall off the pruning wounds with the onset of spring growth, protecting them from infections. Some spring- owering shrubs, such as lilac and forsythia, should be pruned immediately after they have bloomed (ie, in summer). Trees that “bleed” profusely in spring, like maples, can also be pruned in summer. If you  nd dead, diseased or injured wood in trees and shrubs you should prune the injury as soon as it is discovered.
How Should You Prune?
Using sharp, clean tools, cut back to another branch or bud and ensure you are cutting back to healthy wood to remove any dead or diseased wood. When removing dead wood, do not cut into living tissue. Pruning cuts should slant parallel to buds that are producing new growth.
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