Basically, now is NOT the time to do much pruning of shrubs, bushes or trees.
When to prune shrubs:
I’ve heard that it’s always best to prune your shrubs is in the months ending with an R. September, October, November, December. By trimming during these months you will not have to worry about cutting off fruit buds. This makes sense, but I’m no expert.
Should you cut back your Butterfly Bush
We have a huge butterfly bush. Some experts think you should cut it back to about 8-10 inches every fall. I have to admit that it is hard to cut back a huge flowering bush. I did actually cut it back one fall and it grew back even larger and with more flowers than it had before. So I’m a believer in trimming it back.
From the experts: We suggest cutting butterfly bushes back to about 4 feet high for the winter (so that heavy winter snow won’t crush the bush to the ground). And don’t cut the butterfly bushes back too early; November is our recommendation.
When should I give up on a tree and cut it down?
When your tree looks like ours in the backyard, it’s probalby time to cut it down. A few years ago it was hit by some kind of blight and has never recovered. Since less than half of the maple tree has green, I think it’s time to give up on this one.
So whether you live in Texas and need to contact the folks at www.centraltexastreecare.com or decide to get out and do the work yourself in Kentucky, at least now you’ll have some resources and tips for taking care of the trees and shrubs in your yard.