Gardeners Shouldn't Be Shy About Pruning Storm-Damaged Plants

By Jonathan Wilson WAMU 88.5
|  Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 6:45 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Don't Be Shy About Pruning Storm-Damaged Plants

Mark Herreid, Shutterstock.com

advertisement

This year's record-breaking snowfall has left many local trees and shrubs scarred with broken limbs and windstorms even uprooted a few.

Kirsten Buhls, the agriculture and natural resources extension agent for Arlington County, Va., said one way residents can help shrubs damaged by heavy snow is by being aggressive with the pruning shears.

She said cutting away damaged parts of a shrub is the best way to promote new growth, but gardeners shouldn't stop there.

She said pruning even healthy branches will help prevent uneven growth in the future.

"You're going to get new growth wherever you prune the plant back to," she said. "So if you can stagger that growth you will quickly regain green areas within the spaces that have been lost."

Buhls said some flowering shrubs, like azaleas, may see reduced flowering this year due to damage from the storm.

Listen to the complete story at wamu.org

Copyright 2010 WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio. All Rights Reserved.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
Join the Ride to Conquer Cancer
Join the Ride To Conquer Cancer, Sept. 13... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out