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    forsythia

    What time of year should I prune forsythia bushes?

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    Seedling
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    RE: forsythia

    The best time to prune forsythias is after they bloom in the spring. Usually early summer or late fall. Some species can be pruned year round.
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    RE: forsythia

    Prune forsythia after they flower.

    Do *not* do what I used to do - which is take a hedge trimmer and lop off a nice, level hedge-like shape. It took a while (and more work), but I was finally able to convince my mom that they looked better (and were healthier) when you prune them one branch at a time with a bypass lopper. Eventually, I was able to let it go for longer periods without pruning (or at least without a major effort), and the result was much more pleasing.

    I believe I pruned just above a bud or branch, and occassionally took one down to the ground to thin things out a bit more. I have a little bit of time before I need to experiment on the forsythia in my yard now, so others may want to provide more than distant memories! =)
    Cheers,
    Everett

    Green Man Enviroscaping LLC
    www.greenmanenvy.com

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