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For healthy shrubs and trees, pruning is a must.

May 9, 2016

Photo courtesy of Rainbow Treecare

Spring pruning can be tricky because trees and shrubs are putting out new leaves, and pruning can weaken plants that are putting forth energy to grow, says Kent Honl, arborologist at Rainbow Treecare in eastern Minnesota.

Honl says his company will start spring pruning in a few weeks, but he doesn’t get bogged down in the minutiae of timing too much. He cites a saying from his time studying horticulture at University of California Santa Cruz.

“They told me the best time to prune is when your blade is sharp,” he says.

And if you need to remove dead wood, any time is a good time, Honl says.

Without the proper pruning, trees can become unruly and unstable.

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