Monday, 13 July 2020
Login |  Register 
Find Products or Services in your local community
MSC News National Headlines U.S Health Tech Talk World Business Sports Top Headlines
Pruning Trees and Shrubs in the Fall

It has been said that the best time to prune is whenever your pruners are sharp. It’s not bad advice. We can get by with pruning about any time of the year. There is, however, better times for pruning than others. Fall is typically not that time. Let me explain…

Woody plants move sugars and other materials from the leaves to storage places in the woody portions of the plant just prior to leaf fall. It’s in our best interest to maximize those stored energy reserves for the health of the tree. Pruning now may reduce those reserves.

We also want to make sure plants are hardy going in to winter. According to Penn State University’s Dr. Rich Marini “Based on everything that has been published we can conclude that woody plants do not attain maximum cold hardiness when they are pruned in the fall”.

There are always exceptions, though. According to Marini, trees tend to be more affected more by heavy pruning than light pruning. In other words, we can probably get by with some light pruning unless we see a sharp drop in temperature before plants are completely hardened off. Marginally hardy plants are more susceptible to winter damage, especially if pruned in the fall. Bottom line: though light pruning and removal of dead wood are fine this time of year, you may want to delay severe pruning until spring.

What is ‘light’ pruning? If 10 percent or less of the plant is removed (not including dead wood), pruning would be considered light. CAUTION: even light pruning of spring-blooming shrubs such as lilac and forsythia will reduce flowers for next year. We normally recommend that spring-bloomers be pruned after flowering

You will need to be logged in to leave a comment.
Please Login

characters left

The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited.
Click here to review our Terms of Use.

Updated: Train derails near Reserve
Former Horton Hospital head indicted
Sheriff: Explosives, guns, found during search
Two arrested after Saturday pursuit
Trial set for Hiawatha man charged in fatal wreck
Hiawatha man arrested on drug charges
Body discovered in SE Neb county
Shots fired, one injured, during Atchison party
Former Hiawatha banker dies
Body discovered in SE Nebraska identified
Sheriff warns about scam circulating locally
Brown County opts out of mask mandate
Effort underway to recall Humboldt Mayor
Atchison Co adds to virus case-count
City and County to discuss combined dispatch center
One dead in Fairfax MO shooting
Atchison Co retains mask mandate
Five new Covid-19 cases in southeast Nebraska
Health advisory issued for Brown State Fishing Lake
Suit over sex abuse at KS VA hospital goes to trial

Click Here For All Stories

Tax credits awarded to two local non-profits
Two arrested after Saturday pursuit
Five new Covid-19 cases in southeast Nebraska
Big Kansas Road Trip postponed to May 2021
Health advisory issued for Brown State Fishing Lake
Trial set for Hiawatha man charged in fatal wreck
Nemaha Co accepts federal virus funds
Three local KAY clubs awarded grants
Former Hiawatha banker dies
Atchison Co adds 42nd virus case
Click Here For All Stories

©2020 MSC News
Hiawatha, Ks 66434
EEO Public Report
Powered by Radio Media Group