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Old 12-27-2015, 08:18 AM
 
Location: NC
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If you are in one of the many areas of the country that would normally have had a lot of freezing weather by now, but instead your temps are running in the 60's and 70's, you might be tempted to do some yard work. But consider this a gentle reminder not to prune those trees and shrubs that should only be trimmed when dormant.

Trimming now will stimulate the side buds to grow, the buds won't have time to become winter-hardy, and in January or February they will be killed. For some plants you might not care, but for others it will leave nothing to freshen out in the spring, and your plants will look...sad. For many of those plants it will be flower buds that are killed, for others it will be the new leaf branches. Just a reminder to take this into consideration.
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Old 12-27-2015, 08:25 AM
 
Location: LI,NY zone 7a
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Very good point luv4horses. Need to share the luv before I can rep you again.
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Old 12-27-2015, 10:25 AM
 
Location: Staten Island, New York
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Thanks! I repped!
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Old 12-27-2015, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Boston Suburb
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Very good point luv4horses. Need to share the luv before I can rep you again.
Same here. Good advice - I thought about the same thing a few days ago and forego the pruning.
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Old 12-28-2015, 05:26 AM
 
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I repped. Thanks for the reminder.

DH always does the pruning but he was too busy yesterday, in our not normal 76 F weather, putting the new roof-cap on the old well, to think about pruning thank goodness.

We're on county water but the well is still good; we can easily hook it up for the horses and the neighbor's chickens in a drought emergency
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Old 12-28-2015, 06:47 AM
 
Location: Amelia View
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luv4horses - would rep you 5 times if I could for your great reminder! My bushes are becoming so scraggly and messy, and Santa brought me a new pair of clippers, so I'm having a VERY HARD TIME not getting out there to make it all neat!
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Old 12-28-2015, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Cary, NC (zone 7b)
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Rep'ed you too! It certainly is tempting. I did do another round of leaf cleanup and turn my compost piles though...nice day in NC yesterday.
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Old 12-28-2015, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Thank you! Itching to get out there but way too warm.. Thanks for the reminder.
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Old 12-28-2015, 10:52 PM
 
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Very good point luv4horses. Need to share the luv before I can rep you again.
Did it for you
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Old 12-28-2015, 11:01 PM
 
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I was very tempted but held myself back from pruning my fruit trees! I congratulated myself for my self-discipline and rewarded myself with some chocolates.

Except for my citrus trees in containers, they don't go dormant and they will go indoors anyway.
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