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Name: Daniel Stringfield
East Cobb, GA
Dec 11, 2017 6:32 PM CST
We have a large, somewhat unwieldy overgrown stand of Gardenia that was planted as a break between our neighbors yard and ours. We love the flowers and the privacy it provides, but we were looking to cut it back because it is overtaking the yard. We just got hit by a freak (by Atlanta standards) snowstorm that has damaged the Gardenia bringing down limbs.

What should we do to clean up the trees? Is it safe to cut it back now in the winter or should we just prune the broken limbs and cut it back later in the spring?
Name: Elaine
Sarasota, Fl
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Dec 11, 2017 8:59 PM CST
I think you should just remove the damaged limbs right now, Daniel. A hard pruning at this point would cost you blooms in the spring. I always pruned for shape after the big bloom was over in April, here. Top dress and fertilize for summer growth then and things should look a lot better.

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