Autumn is an ideal time to get a big head start on next year's growing season! It's a fact that autumn planting gets perennial flowers, shrubs and trees off to a faster, more vigorous start the following spring. Let's look at the factors that make autumn such a good time to plant:
It¬ís a very good question and the answer is to ensure that your perennials, shrubs and tress look beautiful again next year and not just to clear some of the growth of your plants, although in many cases that too is necessary. The reasons that we prune are:-
Whatever the reason for pruning it's important to understand the growth habits of each plant. You also need to determine what you want the plant to do before making any cuts.
Generally, most pruning is done in autumn or late winter when plants are dormant and not in a growth stage. The plants are not using their energy to grow at this time and they are best able to recover.
A spring prune is the time to correct any damage that may have occurred during the winter months. But be very careful as a late spring prune is the worst time to heavily cut a deciduous plant--when it's leafed out and developing new shoots. Pruning a plant when its energy is directed toward growth can shock a plant enough to cause it to dieback.
Early summer is the time to prune spring blooming shrubs so that the shrub will have time to develop new growth which provides the buds which will bloom the following spring.