January Pruning – What to Prune When

pruning[1]We have officially entered pruning season. Most leafless plants are fair game for pruning right now. Exceptions include ornamental flowering cherries, plums, and lilacs that bloom once a year in spring and are leafless now. Prune these just after they bloom otherwise you will be cutting off next spring’s blooms. Most other plants, including roses, fruit trees, Shade trees can be pruned in December and January. Say “can” as opposed to “must” be pruned because many plants are happy with little or no pruning.

Take advantage of our upcoming free pruning classes, listed below.

Upcoming Pruning Classes

Learn the basics to shape deciduous trees and shrubs, prune fruit trees properly, or get any of your pruning questions answered. Call 925 447-0280 to register for classes.

  • Join us on Saturday, January 13th for our ever popular ROSE CARE & PRUNING SEMINAR led by the Mt. Diablo Rose Society from 10 – 11:30 a.m.; and by Gerry, Alden Lane staff member, on Saturday, January 20th from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. They will cover proper pruning techniques, feeding, and general care. Call (925) 447-0280 for more information.
  • Saturday, January 20th from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. GRAPE PRUNING with expert, Jim Ryan.
  • Sunday, January 28th from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. for the last ­PRUNING BASICS CLASS. Learn the basics to shape deciduous trees and shrubs, prune fruit trees ­properly, or get any of your pruning questions answered.
  • Get your Maples Ready for Spring! – Join Japanese Maple expert Barry Hoffer on Saturday, February 24th from 1-2:30 p.m.  He will discuss proper pruning, in-ground and container planting, along with root pruning. There’s something for everyone. The cost for this class is $5.00 per person. Call (925) 447-0280 to reserve your spot in the information packed class.