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Likewise, many types of needled evergreens will not generate new buds on old wood.

Be careful to make your cut just above a leaf bud, so that you are not left with an unsightly stub.

Sep 02, When to Prune Evergreen Shrubs In general, prune needle-bearing evergreen shrubs in early spring, toward the end of dormancy and before the emergence of new growth. Pruning the evergreens at this time allows plenty of time for new growth to emerge, as well as plenty of time for these new shoots to harden off before the following winter.

Sep 25, Late spring is an excellent time to prune evergreen shrubs in the landscape. Pruning just after the emergence of the spring growth will provide a basis for helping to shape the plant while retaining the natural look. What equipment will I need? Equipment needed for evergreen shrub pruning will include a pair of hand clippers and maybe loppers.

A. The first step in pruning evergreens is to identify them, because they're not all created equal when it comes to pruning. To help you identify the evergreens in your landscape, click here.

Once you know which evergreens you're dealing with, I generally recommend pruning them between mid-June and mid-July. By then, their new growth has pretty much finished elongating. Fruit Tree Pruning.