When’s The Best Time to Trim Back Frost Damaged Plants?

Who was expecting snow in Tucson in February?  It’s an unusual event that you just don’t see every day.  But, viagra buy  with that cold weather we are seeing a lot of frost damage to plants.  And, everyone is wondering what to do about all the brown sticks in their yards that used to be plants and when can something be done about them?

After the last freeze is always the best time to prune back your frost damaged and overgrown plants.  This is usually done in March.  You want to look at your shrubs and plants to see how much frost damage they have and if they need some pruning. This year the answer will be yes to most plants because of the amount of frost damage we saw. And, shrubs that have become woody or overgrown are also good candidates for being “hard” pruned back.  You might wonder what is hard pruning.  Hard pruning involves severely pruning back shrubs to approximately 6-inches above ground level. Below is a photo of a shrub that has been hard-pruned.

Although the appearance of a plant that has been hard pruned is not attractive, within a few months the plant will usually be healthier and have a much nicer appearance than it did before it was pruned.  Hard pruning is also a way to keep shrubs manageable without constant shearing.  With a little time, there will be a marked improvement in the appearance of the plants that have been hard pruned.

Contact us at (520) 370-5697 if we can answer any of your landscaping questions or help you with a spring cleanup or other landscape project.


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9 Comments

  1. Oh this is such helpful information. I am completely clueless when it comes to all things gardening, landscaping, etc. Every tree or bush we plant always dies; every plant we buy to have in our home somehow flops. I’m hoping to start a small garden this spring so if you have any resources regarding that for newbies it would be very helpful. Thank you!

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  2. I love every word here, I wish you could make the image bigger

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    • Thanks for the feedback Dov. I’ll remember to enlarge the photo next time.

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  3. Pretty interesting stuff. You guys really know your landscaping! I never knew about hard pruning, I used to think that was bad, learn something new every day :) Thanks.

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  4. Great info. I have wild roses in the yard that are out of control and getting ready to prune them back.

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  5. Thank You so much for information. That is something that I have always wondered about. I loved my visit to your blog.

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  6. And I thought there was something wrong with my neighbor who butchers all her plants! LOL Thanks for the clarification! Best wishes to you!

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  7. I have certainly learned something new. I love plants so much but they usually don’t survive with me. I continue to try though because there is something wonderful about having their beauty around.

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