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DESERT PRUNING SCHEDULE AND GUIDE

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blue palo verde in full bloomDeciding when and how to prune the plants in your yard may seem like a mystery. Should you prune when plants are blooming? Should you prune at all?

Use the guidelines presented in the following pages to determine the right time to prune for many common trees, shrubs, groundcovers, cacti and other plants.

Find pruning information for a specific plant or look at a pruning schedule based on recommendations by month.

Different methods of pruning plants are also shown in order to protect the health and beauty of the plants they are best suited for.

Most plants will do their best if allowed to grow to their natural form and shape. Shearing and excessive pruning compromises the vigor and health of the plant, reduces blooming, and may shorten the life of the plant. Remember: Every time you shear a plant, you create wounds that stress the plant, requiring additional energy and water for the plant to recover.

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