Gardeners often prune their ornamental shrubs and perennials for the immediate satisfaction of improving the appearance of a straggly or overgrown plant. But pruning is important for purposes beyond aesthetics, and you shouldn’t always expect instant gratification from your efforts.
The Purpose of Pruning
Sometimes pruning involves shearing a plant down to the ground with the goal of encouraging new growth. It may be done to curb the spread of an overly assertive vine, or to thin out tangles of branches from a mature shrub. Or it may be as simple as pinching off the tips of a plant to stagger the bloom time and promote branching.
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