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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!

Larry Hodgson is one of Canada’s best-known garden communicators. He has notably been editor-in-chief of HousePlant Magazine, Fleurs, Plantes et Jardins, À Fleur de Pot and Houseplant Forum magazines and is currently the garden correspondent for Le Soleil and radio garden commentator for CKIA-FM Radio. He has written for many garden publications in both the United States and Canada, including Canadian Gardening, Harrowsmith, Horticulture, Fine Gardening and Organic Gardening. He also speaks frequently to horticultural groups throughout Canada and the U.S. His book credits include The Garden Lover’s Guide to Canada, Complete Guide to Houseplants, Making the Most of Shade, Perennials for Every Purpose, Annuals for Every Purpose, and Houseplants for Dummies, as well as nearly 60 other titles in English and French. He is a past president of the Garden Writers Association (now Garden Communicators International) and the winner of the prestigious 2006 Garden Media Promoter Award offered by the Perennial Plant Association. He resides in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.

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