Mark Cullen: When to prune winter damaged bushes and shrubs
Published Wednesday, July 2, 2014 6:51AM EDT
Remember winter 13/14? For all of us across the country it was a long, cold one. While we felt the effects of it indoors (central heating and all) your permanent garden plants felt the full brunt. As a result many of them were burned on the south side (a result of sun reflecting off the snow), the east side (salt damage from 'salt drift' off a nearby road) or any other side (more salt damage?)
Now is the time to access the damage and get tough. I have been busy in my 10 acre garden cutting back the dead and brown portions of mature trees and evergreens that have not yet healed themselves.
While it is true: mother nature has incredibly powerful healing abilities, there comes a time when a good shake with a gloved hand and a trim using sharp, clean shears is just what the doctor ordered. We have waited long enough for nature to fix the winter damage: now is the perfect time to finish the job.