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Now that February is coming to a close, some shrubs and trees can be pruned. This is an especially good time to do this because the leaves are not in the way and you can see where branches are rubbing on each other and causing weak places where insects and other diseases can get in. Here's information from the Steins Gardening Calendar:
Prune winter damaged branches as they are found on your shrubs. Wait until the snow melts and the worst of winter has passed to start major pruning. This way you can see what winter and the animals have left for you to work with. Summer and fall blooming plants can be pruned now until their growth begins in spring. Wait until after flowering to prune spring blooming shrubs or you will prune off the flower buds.
Trees can be pruned during the dormant season. It is much easier to see the overall shape of the tree and what needs to be removed. Birches, walnuts and maples can be pruned in late winter. The running sap does not hurt the tree; it just makes the job messy. Prune oaks in winter to reduce the risk of oak wilt. Wait until early summer when the weather is dry to prune honey locust trees.