Give that ancient woody spirea a new lease on life by pruning.
Jun 27, If you want to control the height of the shrub, the stems you left alone can be shortened by one-third to one-half their height Rejuvenation Pruning If your Dogwood shrub has become overgrown and unsightly, or just looks burnt out, in late winter you can cut back the entire shrub to about 10 inches above the ground. Pruning dogwood shrubs in the fall is not advised. This will encourage new growth that will not have enough time to harden off for the freezing winter temperatures.
It is better to just wait a couple of months until the shrub looses all of it’s leaves in the winter months. The ideal time to prune is late treepruning.clubted Reading Time: 6 mins. Jun 26, The wounds created by pruning cuts provide an entry point for these devastating insects. In addition, if pruned while the tree is actively growing in spring and summer, the wounds bleed copious amounts of messy sap. Therefore, the best time to prune a dogwood tree is in late fall and winter while the tree is dormant.
Dogwood Tree Pruning InfoEstimated Reading Time: 3 mins. Sep 26, You can either cut back the old stems on these dogwoods or cut them down completely. For shrubby dogwoods, you can actually cut the dogwood down to the ground every few years to remove old stems and encourage the growth of new twigs.
5 Thin out crowded areas%(8). Sep 09, Dogwoods are not among the shrubs that need frequent pruning, but if you are planting them for winter interest, you’ll want to take out the oldest canes regularly. New growth is what bears the bright coloration. Prune out about a third of the old canes in early spring.