Avoid pruning in early autumn to prevent new growth from emerging prior to frost. Dead or damaged branches can be removed at any time, but hold off on winter pruning until after a few good hard freezes.
- Blackberry: Remove the old stems that produced fruit this season. Cut these near ground level.
- Clip branches of holly, nandina, aucuba, yew, and other evergreens to add to your holiday decorations. You won’t hurt plants by taking a few cuttings.