Wait a Little Longer to Prune Plants…
Nov. 8, 2017 at 10:13 a.m.
December or January to do any major fruit tree pruning. Prune back leggy
perennial plants. Fall-blooming perennials such as lantana and salvia can be
cut back as soon as freezing temperatures have obviously frozen their top
growth. Cut them back severely - to the ground. Over-plant the cut-back
perennial area with winter annuals such as pansies, Johnny-jump-ups and
dianthus (pinks), larkspur or bluebonnets rather than looking at the barren bed
all winter. The lantana will come back next spring in May to provide beauty
during the hottest part of the summer. This is the ideal pruning time for many
trees and shrubs. If you have oak trees in need of pruning, begin now. It is
especially critical in areas where the oak wilt fungus is a problem. Apply
horticultural tree wound dressing on all oak cuts. Prune out dead, damaged or
diseased wood from trees and shrubs. Avoid topping or de-horning at all cost!