Early Spring is an excellent time to prune non-flowering shrubs and evergreens! Our Front Sidewalk Garden contains evergreen shrubs that grow consistently. They require very little maintenance; just prune with quality pruning shears such as Fiskars 25-33 Inch Power-Lever Extendable Hedge Shear (9169), to maintain shape and size. When the evergreens were young, we fertilized with a special fertilizer for evergreens in early Spring. Unfortunately, deer also like evergreens, so keep an eye on the plant, and if you notice disappearing leaves and branches, spray with Bobbex deer repellent we recommend below.
Evergreens are very durable. They can be pruned anytime between early Spring and late Autumn. The video below shows how to prune evergreens. Start with clean pruning shears such as Fiskars 25-33 Inch Power-Lever Extendable Hedge Shear (9169). Be sure to clean with a soapy solution and water. This prevents disease from transferring to other evergreens or shrubs!
If the evergreens grow too large, they prevent our Irises and Lilies from receiving full sun. Therefore, every Spring, we prune back the evergreen shrubs with a pair of quality pruning shears such as Fiskars 25-33 Inch Power-Lever Extendable Hedge Shear (9169).
To see more pruning videos, visit our Gardening Channel and enter “prune” in the search area. For beginner gardeners, the 3 most important aspects of pruning are:
- Make sure the pruning shears are clean
- Make sure the pruning shears have a sharp edge
- Make sure to cut “on the slant”
For more on pruning, watch our How to Prune Playlist! For more of our evergreens, watch our Evergreens playlist! To learn how to plant, fertilize and prune your way to a gorgeous garden, subscribe to our YouTube channel!