Today's Topic and Podcast Episode

Learn which 7 shrubs you can prune right now, before spring, on this quick garden minute podcast.

What You’ll Learn:

What kind of cuts to make.

How much of a plant can be prune at one time.

And, which plants you can prune right now before spring AND why!

Prune these 7 well-known shrubs before spring and get a jump on your pruning!

You might be thinking about pruning your plants, but you aren’t sure which ones you can prune right now, and, you might be asking yourself “Are there any shrubs I can prune in the winter”?

The answer is YES, you can prune some shrubs in the winter to get them ready for this coming spring and summer.

Here are 7 different hardwood shrubs you can prune right now!

They are:

  1. Lilacs
  2. Forsythia
  3. Spirea
  4. Cotoneaster
  5. Camellia
  6. Viburnum
  7. English Laurel 

Now, this time of year these plants, and many others, can have dead or diseased wood, or rubbing or crossing branches that need to be removed using mostly thinning cuts.

Don’t perform any shape pruning on these plants until after they are done blooming.

Only use thinning cuts and don’t remove more than 1/3 of a plants mass at any one time of pruning.

If you want to know more plants you can prune right now, click here to download our updated Pruning Freebie from our January, 2023 Pruning Presentation at the Tacoma Home and Garden Show.

If you want to watch how to make thinning cuts, head over to our YouTube channel and watch our pruning playlist.

Happy pruning!

Also, here are a few more hardwood shrubs you can right now:

  • Euyonomous Burning Bush
  • Privet
  • Juniper
  • Salal
  • Roses


If you have questions about these or other plants, we are here to help, so please email us.

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