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When Should You Remove a Dead Branch?


Much has been written about when to prune trees and shrubs. We’re told we must prune fruit trees at the end of winter, spring-flowering shrubs immediately after they bloom, summer-flowering shrubs in early spring, trees with abundant sap in mid-summer, and clematis… well, that depends on which class they belong to. It’s enough to make you pull out your hair in frustration!

20150822But there is at least one type of pruning that is not dependent on the season: removing dead branches. There is no particular season for suppressing a dead branch, regardless of species. Do it whenever you notice it, simply cutting it off, if possible, just above a living section.

Sometimes life is soooo simple!

Garden writer and blogger, author of 65 gardening books, lecturer and communicator, the Laidback Gardener, Larry Hodgson, passed away in October 2022. Known for his great generosity, his thoroughness and his sense of humor, he reached several generations of amateur and professional gardeners over his 40-year career. Thanks to his son, Mathieu Hodgson, and a team of contributors, will continue its mission of demystifying gardening and making it more accessible to all.

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