What, How and When to Prune Shrubs

when_how_what_shrubs_pruneIn this podcast I'll walk you through shrub pruning. Whether you have a lilac, dogwood or spirea, I'll discuss the different types of pruning and offer pointers on when the time is right to prune. I go on to answer a gardener's question on repellents. I'll finish with a new product to sooth skin exposed to poison ivy, Zanfel.

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Related Ask Melinda

About 10 years ago we planted Amur maple shrubs along the back fence in our yard for privacy. Not quite sure what to do with them now, all the foliage, is at the top and they no longer provide any privacy. Also, they have a lot of dead wood. How do we prune them to give us privacy or should we replace them with some kind of evergreen shrub?


One of the six apple trees I planted a few years ago - a Honeycrisp - has never had a single blossom. I s there anything I can do to get it going?  I have never pruned it.


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