June is the best month to prune overall landscapes, usually after their flowering is complete, said Todd Ruedt, owner of Grounds Maintenance Services, Brookfield (http://www.groundsmaintenancewi.com). A “June prune” allows plants to recoup their energy after flowering and prepare for the hot, dry weather that usually lies ahead.
“Pruning should be done at least once per growing season,” Ruedt said. “The best time for most plants is right after flowering, so homeowners can enjoy the beautiful blooms and then trim back to prepare the plant for the harsh conditions to come.”
Early summer pruning is very beneficial to perennials, bushes and other landscape plantings. Plants should be cut back to the nearest branch junction with another leafy branch. No more than one-third of a plant’s existing size should be trimmed.
Timing is critical. Pruning is not advisable during periods of high heat and dryness.
“June is the smartest and safest month to trim plants in terms of both climate and their normal life cycle,” Ruedt said. “Pruning shapes plants and prepares them for steady, controlled growth the rest of the year. Newly-pruned plants should be watered afterward, and adding mulch is always a good idea to retain moisture and protect root systems.”
Tree pruning is best left to fall and winter, when most species are dormant and can be trimmed without fear of damage from insects, fungus or disease. The timing and extent of pruning can vary depending on tree species, so consulting a professional is usually recommended.
Founded in 1999, Grounds Maintenance Services offers a full range of landscaping and yard maintenance services, plus in-home Christmas tree delivery, holiday lighting setup and snow plowing. Its professional staff prides itself on helping homeowners grow their dreams, one yard at a time.