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Pruning plants in the summer can greatly benefit Columbus, Ohio, landscapes. As a general rule, the best time to prune is when the early summer’s growth is complete.

Not sure exactly what to do? Don’t worry; Five Seasons Landscape Management has some great tips to help keep your yard looking great all year long!

3 Reasons to Prune Plants in the Summer:Pruning fruit trees by pruning shears

  1. Control Growth

Are your plants getting too high or unruly in areas? Summer pruning can slow the growth of branches that you don’t want to get any longer, and this works well for trees, bushes and plants. Prune in the late summer, after the seasonal growth is complete. This will reduce the total leaf surface and reduce the amount of food sent to the roots, thus stunting the growth of your plant.

  1. Correct and Improve

Especially after your summer-blooming perennials are done flowering, your plants can start to look a bit unattractive. As we mentioned in a previous blog about deadheading, a summer pruning removes the spent blooms and leaves your plants looking much healthier.

If you have landscape trees with dead, dying, diseased or structurally unsound limbs, removing the defective limbs will not only improve the look of your trees, but also improve their health. Large yard trees should be checked annually – and always after a severe storm! If you need large dead or damaged limbs removed, make sure to call a professional as we can do this work safely. Here is more info about professional tree care.

  1. Prevent Spread of Disease

Since disease-spreading spores are most active from September to early spring, it’s best to remove the diseased limbs in the summer before major damage can happen. Many diseases are a result of fungus problems or bacterial infections. Azaleas, as well as crabapple, pear and spruce trees, are commonly affected. Make sure to prune any infected branches to keep your plants healthy!

Fruit Trees and Summer Pruning

Fruit trees especially benefit from summer pruning as it lets in sunlight to existing fruit and encourages the formation of fruit buds for the following year. Prune when the bottom third of the new shoots is stiff and woody, from mid-July for pears and the third week in August for apples (you can wait until ten days later if you live in the North).

For a professional landscape company in Columbus, Ohio, Five Seasons Landscape Management provides commercial and residential landscape maintenance services. Contact us today!