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Rejuvenation: This involves removing all stems back to near ground level.

Cut the entire shrub back to a height of four to 10 inches from the ground when the shrubs are dormant. Shrubs that can tolerate rejuvenation pruning are butterfly bush, Annabelle hydrangea, potentilla, and Japanese spirea.

Shearing: This technique involves the removal of new shoots using hedge shears. Prune during the late dormant season. (before new buds leaf out). Amelanchier - (Serviceberry) Remove crossing, crowded and dead branches. A. stolonifera forms spreading clumps. Occasionally remove the oldest stems to ground level.

Dig up and cut away the outer edges of the clumps to limit the size of the shrub. Prune in early spring before growth starts. Jul 24, Cut the entire shrub back to a height of four to 10 inches from the ground when the shrubs are dormant.

Shrubs that can tolerate rejuvenation pruning are butterfly bush, Annabelle hydrangea, potentilla, and Japanese spirea. Shearing: This technique involves the removal of new shoots using hedge shears. Shearing should be used only on formal hedges. Prune deciduous shrubs to maintain natural habit of growth; remove dead, diseased or broken branches; promote flower and fruit development; and encourage vigorous growth of plants.

With most shrubs, the ideal time to prune is during the dormant season, before new growth begins. Nov 18, Dormant pruning: The dormant season is anytime between when the leaves fall and when new growth begins the following spring.

This is considered the best time for most types of pruning, except for shearing. Dormant pruning makes sense because a plant’s energy reserves are capable of generating new growth the following bushtrimmers.buzzted Reading Time: 8 mins.

Mar 18, Since it is considerably easier to view the architecture and damaged branches of deciduous trees and shrubs before they leaf out, early spring is considered the preferred time of year to prune many of these dormant plants. As you examine your trees and shrubs for dead, diseased, or damaged limbs, look for crossed branches.