Pruning Shrubs Is Rarely Necessary

20150419Strangely enough, when someone buys a shrub, his first question is often: “When do I prune it? ” But that’s not the right question to ask. Instead, you should ask “Do I need to prune it?” And if the answer is yes, buy something else! Life is too short to waste it pruning shrubs!

The truth is that only a tiny number of shrubs really need annual pruning. And the most spectacular shrubs are usually those who have not been pruned at all or only very rarely, just to remove dead or broken branches.

So if you want to have a low maintenance yard, pull up your lawn (very high maintenance!) and put in shrubs instead. It will certainly make your gardening life easier!

Garden writer and blogger, author of more than 60 gardening books, the laidback gardener, Larry Hodgson, lives and gardens in Quebec City, Canada. The Laidback Gardener blog offers more than 2,500 articles to passionate home gardeners, always with the goal of demystifying gardening and making it easier for even novice gardeners. If you have a gardening question, enter it in Search: the answer is probably already there!

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