While a light hand is apropos for many pruning jobs, sometimes a judicious but heavy hand is needed. Rejuvenation pruning is a heavy-handed but efficient method to bring overlooked, overgrown, and mismanaged shrubs back to their full potential. It is performed by removing every branch at or a few inches above ground level with a sturdy hand saw, loppers, or even a small chainsaw. For many shrubs in Mid-Atlantic gardens, winter is the perfect time to perform rejuvenation pruning. This is because in our zonal range, most woody plants are dormant and therefore exposed cuts are less likely to become pathways for pests and diseases (which are also dormant). And, when spring weather finally arrives, the shrubs will be perfectly poised to push new, healthy growth.
A vigorous, healthy shrub that has become overgrown, has lost its distinctive shape or form, or has an excessive number of dead stems from overcrowding will be the best candidate for rejuvenation pruning. This technique can also be a good fix for shrubs that do not flower or fruit to their full potential because individual stems are too weak or immature to produce viable flower buds.
Multistem shrubs that generate new growth from their root systems or from the bases of stems are the best candidates for rejuvenation pruning.
Here are just a few of the shrubs that will tolerate rejuvenation pruning:
Please note: If a shrub is in poor general health, is showing signs of stress from pests or disease, or if more than half its shoots are dead, it may be too weak to recover from a complete cutback and could be killed rather than rejuvenated by this technique.
When a shrub is cut to the ground, it must rely on reserves stored its roots to stimulate dormant or
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