Pruning Evergreen Shrubs
My evergreens are starting to outgrow their spot in my yard.
I prefer to prune evergreen shrubs such as yews, junipers and arborvitae in early spring before growth begins. This way you can remove any winter damage and shape the plant at the same time. Plus the plants will soon start growing and can quickly recover. You can also prune these shrubs in early to mid July when the plants enter a semi-dormant period. Fall pruning opens up the plant and exposes tender growth that has been shaded and shielded throughout the growing season. These once protected needles will now be exposed to the harsh conditions of winter. Complete touchup pruning as needed. But save the big jobs for next spring.