Should I be Doing Any Garden Pruning During Winter?

Late winter and early spring are prime times to prune certain deciduous plants.

In winter, these plants are dormant and pruning them will encourage healthy new growth in spring.

Learn more about what you should prune and why during winter months.

“Another plus about pruning in winter is that it’s easier! You can see much more clearly when when less foliage is blocking your view.”

 — Mary-Ann M., Prairie Gardens Plant Expert


Prune Late These Winter & Early Spring

Summer and fall blooming deciduous shrubs & trees.

Butterfly Bushes

Hardy Hibiscus

Potentilla Pee Gee Hydrangea

Arborescens Smooth Hydrangea

Hyrid Tea Roses

Hypericum St. Johnswort

Japanese Maples

Fruit Trees


“As a general rule, you should prune according to a plant’s bloom time. Prune spring bloomers after they flower and prune summer and fall bloomers in late winter or early spring.”

— Jim H., Prairie Gardens Plant Expert


Wait to Prune These

Spring blooming deciduous shrubs & trees should be pruned after flowering.




Mock Orange

Climbing and Shrub Roses




“While you should wait to prune most spring-flowering shrubs, you can remove damaged, dead or broken wood anytime to relieve stress on your plants.”

 — John W., Prairie Gardens Plant Expert


Prune These Trees mid-summer through fall

Some trees have heavy sap flow in early spring which can be unsightly, although it does not injure plants. Prune these mid-summer through fall to avoid this.







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