topiary evergreen pruning - Knowledgebase Question

West Des Moines, IA (Zone 5A)
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Question by marshadorho
October 11, 2006
Is it harmful to trim my topiary evergreen in late fall?

Answer from NGA
October 11, 2006
It's always risky to prune in late fall because pruning almost always encourages new growth. This new growth will not have sufficient time to harden off before cold weather arrives, making it susceptible to die back during the winter months. I'd wait until spring and do any required pruning then.

Best wishes with your topiary!

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