Cutting down shrubs

Asked July 16, 2018, 5:07 PM EDT

I have 2 large bushes & I want to cut them down in half. When should I do that? Fall or spring?

Macomb County Michigan

1 Response

This type of pruning would be best done in late winter / early spring before the leaves come out.

I am unable to identify the plant from this photo to know if this is a spring flower shrub or not. If it is a spring flowering shrub, which blooms on previous year's growth, you will have fewer flowers next spring. However, full flowering should resume in subsequent year.

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