Late Summer Pruning (August-September)

Few plants are pruned this time of year because pruning encourages new growth that does not have time to harden off before winter. Late-season pruning typically does more harm than good. However, it is always a good idea to remove any dead, damaged, or diseased branches as soon as you notice them.

  • Rose: Summer pruning of rosebushes can increase late-season blooms. Limit pruning to deadheading, removal of damaged wood, and minimal shaping to remove leggy branches.

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