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Most people think that springtime is the best time to trim shrubs, but early summer is the proper time to trim shrubs. Just after spring, and prior to the very hot weather of summer, trim away the new growth. You most times can tell new growth from established foliage since the new growth is a bright green where evergreens are concerned. The best time to trim flowering shrubs is when the flowers die away, leaving new foliage growth. In order to remove dead branches, matted twigs, and promote new growth, it is best to trim shrubs at least once a year. Properly pruning and trimming a shrub is fairly easy to do. While some gardeners prefer to use power trimmers, others prefer manual scissor-action trimmers and pruning shears. Whatever tools you prefer to use, follow these guidelines when trimming your shrubs:
The rule of thumb when trimming flowering shrubs is to trim within one month after they finish flowering. If you trim later in the season, you risk removing next year's blossoms. You can always remove dead branches any time of the year, however. An easy way to tell if a branch is dead is to scrape the wood with a knife or the edge of your shears blade. If the layer beneath is white or green, it is healthy. If it is black or brown, it is dead.