Shaping Up With February Pruning
Pruning in February is an important part of any good landscape maintenance program, and it’s a great way to keep your trees and shrubs “in bounds” while helping them to maintain a pleasant shape.
It’s much easier to see where pruning needs to be done during the winter (since leaves will have dropped). In addition, plants are less active during the winter months, with less fluid moving through the branches. This means that the wounds created from pruning will “bleed” less and will heal more quickly.
Trees and shrubs should be pruned in the winter to remove branches that overlap and rub against each other, to remove any dead wood, and to keep stray branches from blocking your driveway, walkways and windows. This will lead to healthier, better-looking trees and shrubs and a more functional, aesthetically pleasing landscape.
This is a great time for cutting back your ornamental grasses. Old growth can be tied back with twine, and the grass should be cut 4” to 6” from the ground to spur new growth. You will want to prune any perennial plants that were left standing over the winter. This will encourage new growth and blooms.