Pruning - Knowledgebase Question

clarksville, Te
Question by jaimemobley
March 10, 2010
I planted a total of 25 baby bushes last spring. (Boxwoods and Manhattan Euonymus). They are now about 2 feet tall and still pretty thin. When should a start pruning them? Don't want to hurt them. How much should I prune? I am a beginning gardener. Thank you for your help!

Answer from NGA
March 10, 2010


Your little shrubs can be encouraged to develop new stems and become bushy if you prune them just a little all over. Take only an inch or less off of each branch tip either by hand pruning or shearing with a hedge trimming. You only need to remove just the tip of each stem to encourage new growth. Now is a good time to give them the once-over. Best wishes with your shrubs!

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