March 13 column: Pruning trees and shrubs

Here is a link to my column in today’s edition of The Spokesman-Review: Cutting edge.┬áThis column outlines the basics of pruning trees and shrubs.

If you have a lot of pruning to do, you will want to do it ASAP because most plants are still dormant, which is the very best time to prune. I know how overwhelming all of the spring-time chores can be – there’s always so much to do – but I would definitely tackle the pruning jobs first.

If you have fruit trees, once they’ve been pruned, be sure to apply a dormant oil spray to bark on the trees while they’re still in dormancy. This is considered an organic pest control method. What the oil does is smother any over-wintering insects and/or their eggs on the trees. This will give the trees – and YOU – a head start!