is it okay to trim the bushes now?

Question by cryxander: is it okay to trim the bushes now?
I just bought a house and the previous owner did not care for his bushes and trees while the house was up for sale. Is it okay to shape some of the bushes now or do I have to wait? if so, when is a good time? some of them are flowering. I know nothing about gardening and landscaping. any tips would be much appreciated! thanks

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Answer by VikingLord
Anytime is O.K.

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5 Comments → “is it okay to trim the bushes now?”


  1. Spam

    Apr 25, 2013

    Do it now before all the leaves have come out, well they haven’t in my neck of the woods


  2. richardevans82

    Apr 25, 2013

    depends on the shrub, do you know what it is?


  3. $Billy Ray$ Valentine

    Apr 25, 2013

    At this time of the year (plants have leafed out) it isn’t recommended. The sap in the vascular system of trees and shrubs will be flowing in order to keep up with new leaf and flower growth. If you prune anything somewhat heavily now, it will “bleed” which isn’t good for the plant. The best time to prune is in the late fall (winter dormancy) or very early spring (before new growth is observed). If however, you just can’t stand the scraggly appearance of your trees and shrubs, you can prune very “lightly” just to shape them up a little to satisfy your aesthetic eye. However, only prune very small branches and twiggy growth at this time. Good luck!…

    …$ Billy Ray$


  4. Geoff G

    Apr 25, 2013

    If i moved to new house i would leave the bushes that are flowering till i found what they were and the rest i would just tidy up ready for next season


  5. cameoanimals

    Apr 25, 2013

    You can trim the shrubs now if you would like to tidy things up, but I prefer to wait at least one year with a new garden to see what flowers and when.

    The normal rule of thumb is that Spring flowering shrubs are trimmed in the previous fall as they flower on old wood. (last year’s growth).

    Summer and fall flowering varieties may be trimmed in the early Spring as they produce flowers on new wood (that year’s growth)

    This is the easiest method for beginner gardeners to go by, but it is not always accurate.


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