Pruning is a hot topic in landscaping. Everyone has an opinion on when to do it and how much to cut back. Some people believe spring is the best time to prune, while others think pruning knows no seasons.
Many people find this time of year when the weather is cooler and crisper ideal for pruning in South Florida. And they’re not entirely wrong.
While some trees and plants shouldn’t be pruned until later in the year, January is a great time to prune crape myrtles, chaste trees, and many broadleaved fruit trees.
So, if you feel like it’s time your landscaping got a little trim, go for it. Here’s why:
- Most plants go dormant during the winter, meaning growth slows down. Pruning now allows the plant plenty of time to grow denser and more lush before spring, the prime growing season.
- Pests are less active this time of year, putting plants at less risk of getting attacked and damaged.
- Pruning trees in the winter, when they have fewer leaves, allows for more strategic cutting since the tree’s structure is easier to see.
Not sure where to start when it comes to pruning your plants? We’re here to help. The SFM Landscape team knows just how to manage your pruning in January and throughout the rest of the year.