Do you have some tropical shrubs in your yard? If so, you’ll want to make sure that you take care of them properly so that they can flourish and improve the look of your property. Part of maintaining your tropical shrubs is trimming them on occasion. This not only improves how they look, it also allows them to grow healthier by absorbing more sunlight and water. Learn below how often to trim your shrubs and the best way to do it.
Trimming or Pruning?
There is a big difference between trimming shrubs and pruning them. When you trim shrubs back, you are primarily doing so for the aesthetically pleasing effect, keeping them in a shape that you desire. This can be done almost any time of year, as long as you aren’t overzealous.
Pruning, on the other hand, is when you cut back extra growth and dead growth so that the plant can remain healthy. Hard pruning should be done at specific times depending on the type of shrub you are working with. You should only prune during warm months, but the exact timing will depend on the tropical shrub you have.
Tips for Pruning
You should only prune your tropical shrubs about once a year, using best practices for your type of shrubbery. Do not overdo it. If in doubt, prune back to a level you are comfortable with. You can always go back and trim more away later if you need to.
You should never do a hard pruning on your shrubs without watering them well first. You should wait about an hour after watering before pruning the shrub. You do not need to worry about watering if you are just trimming things back to improve appearance.
If you have any questions about how to care for your tropical shrubs or if you need new shrubs installed in your landscaping, contact us today to learn how we can help.