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Pruning Trees


Gary:  Today on your lawn and garden we're talking about pruning.  Pruning what? We're talking about shrubs and also trees around your house. John, where do we start with this and what do we do?

JOHN: Well, it is important to know what to prune and what not to prune especially with shrubs and trees.  You don't want to prune the trees that are gonna flower in the spring or the shrubs like azaleas.  You don't want to prune them now. You want to prune them after they flower.

For example, just like these shishi camellias I have, they were hit hard with the freeze so they're not looking too good.  It's a little early but right after they finish they're flowering that's the time you want to prune them and shape them into what you want them to look like for the rest of the year.  They are slow growing, and if you don't do anything they get out of shape and if you wait to prune them until May or June, they are already making their buds for next year, so you don't want to do that.

The trees that are gonna flower, dogwood and stuff like that, don't play with that yet. If you have an oak tree or a tree that doesn't flower, you can go ahead and prune those if you want.

We have a pruning sealer.  If you have a large, four to six inch in diameter, cut that you are making on a limb, you can seal it with this right here so it keeps the insects out and the moisture out too.

A lot of people have crepe myrtles and we have a product right here, it's called Sucker Stopper.  You have a lot of suckers that come up from the bottom on the tree, so you are constantly pruning them and they keep coming back.  With this product, after you prune it, you spray this on and it'll stop it from coming back.

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