TRIMMING BURNING BUSHES - Knowledgebase Question

LOUISVILLE, Ke
Question by SUE_PERA
March 25, 2009
Can I trim back my 11 foot tall burning bushes now and how far back can I trim them?


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Answer from NGA
March 25, 2009

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You can prune your burning bush in spring and it will encourage healthy new growth. The general rule about pruning is to take no more than one-third of the live growth off a shrub in any one pruning session. So, a 10 foot tall shrub can be cut back by about 36". If you need to reduce the size more than this, wait until next spring and trim back by another 3'. Good luck with your landscape!

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