How to Prune Evergreens Year-Round to Make them Beautiful

How to Prune Evergreens Year-Round to Make them Beautiful

The most difficult-working elements of your landscape are the evergreens. They produce leaves all year, and in winter, they add texture and color to garden beds. You need to trim evergreen trees and shrubs occasionally in order to keep them looking healthy. You might also need to manage rapid growth that is blocking walkways or other plants in some cases. Pruning evergreens requires a different approach than trimming other trees and shrubs. This easy guide will show you how to prune evergreens so that you can enjoy years of color from these gorgeous plants.

Tips for trimming Evergreens

Trees and shrubs with damaged or dead areas are not the best candidates for pruning. However, evergreens that are fast-growing and overgrown are prime candidates. You want to maintain the plant’s natural form, except if you want to create a sculpted hedge. To remove individual branches, you should trade your hedge trimmers and get a pair of pruning shears. You can remove individual branches back to their main branches or the trunk. A branch may need to be cut back to the ground for shrubs. It is much easier to prune an evergreen every year than it is to tackle large pruning projects every other year.

How to Trim Evergreen Trees That Are Too Old

It is difficult to manage evergreen trees that have exceeded their plant space limits while keeping the plant’s natural shape. Many times, evergreen trees don’t produce new growth on older branches. A white pine’s tips are the only place where new growth occurs. Simply cutting off a branch by half will result in a dead branch. The only way to reduce an evergreen tree’s size is to trim its lower branches all the ways back to the trunk.

How to cut back overgrown evergreen shrubs

Shrubs are usually able to withstand more severe pruning than overgrown evergreens. However, it is best to prune overgrown shrubs one at a time rather than shearing them. This will allow you to maintain the shrub’s natural shape. Keep in mind that most evergreens cannot produce new growth from old branches. Shearing certain evergreens may leave a brown, ugly mess that can take a long time for to grow out.

Maintaining Evergreen Hedges

It is important to prune your hedge every year. Some evergreens grow quickly and may need to be