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Winter Pruning Chores

Pruning is an important part of maintaining healthy plants, and winter is the perfect time to do much of the pruning your landscape needs.

Young or small-growing trees will benefit from structural pruning now. Large trees demand the skills of a certified arborist to shape them and remove dead limbs. They'll be healthier, more attractive, and safer during the next hurricane season.

Perennials and grasses should also be pruned at this time, while they're dormant.

But wait until spring to prune certain flowering shrubs like azaleas, gardenias, and camellias, since they form their flowers on mature growth. Likewise, don't touch your evergreen shrubs—wait until spring to prune them, since tender new growth that sprouts after pruning could be damaged by frost.

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