Prune Juniper, Arborvitae, and Japanese Yews from late winter into early spring. Is it okay to cut a shrub all the way to the ground? The general rule is if a shrub grows multiple stems from the ground up, pruning it close to the ground is okay. If the shrub grows from a single trunk at ground level and then branches into multiple stems, do not. Dec 15, Topping Off and Pruning Arborvitae. Evergreen arborvitae (Thuja) trees and shrubs are members of the Cypress family and thrive in U.S.
Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3. 4. The stems of shrubs can be thinned and partially cut back. 5. Plants to be grown as hedges should be cut to within 6" of the ground at planting time. It is usually not necessary to prune plants that are dug with a ball of soil attached to their roots. Pruning can maintain the.
Feb 22, Late winter or early spring is the best time to prune yews for size reduction. Do it before you see a burst of new growth.
Fit in another trimming in early to midsummer to spiff them up for the.