This whole week I’ve been thinking about how nice it’s going to be this weekend – mid-50’! Woooo hoooo! Soon I’ll be wearing sundresses, Birkenstocks and driving with the windows down. Well, I might not have the windows down, I hate when my hair blows around. I’ll have the air conditioner on. I cannot wait! Come on, Easter Bunny.
Sorry I was just having a moment there – I’ll get back to it.
(Picture #1 - Picture #2,3 are removing dead branches)
Pruning Red Twig Dogwoods (Cornus sericea ‘Baileyi – sample variety) - these plants are very noticeable at this time of year. They display beautiful winter interest with their bright red stems. They can be used in flower arrangements or wreaths, and bring a little something extra to whatever you use them for. Some homeowners might find it a bit challenging to prune these pretty shrubs, but I’m here to help and to let you know it’s actually really easy.
Pruning should be done in late winter to early spring, while the stems are still dormant. Pruning can also be done in the fall, but to control size and shape. First, you’ll want to remove any stems that are broken, damaged or dead. The type of pruning you’ll be doing is called renewal pruning. This simply means that you’ll remove about 1/3 of all older stems to the ground/soil line annually.
(Removing stems at the base/soil line)
The newest stems that sprout up will have that bright red color. As the stems get older, the color begins to discolor/turn dark and decline. It’s very important to not hedge these shrubs, as it will result in poor growth and bad color.
That is all you need to know! I told you it would be easy – easy like Sunday morning, *insert Commodores pun .. *
That’s all I have for today. Keep in mind the basic rule of thumb, never remove more than 1/3 of live branches and the stems you’re renewing should be the oldest ones. If you have any questions, please contact me – I’d be happy to help!