01        Gordon's Five D's of Pruning

Prune out the branches that are:

  • Dead-Cut out the dead wood first; sometimes this is all that's needed for a negleted tree or shrub.

  • Diseased-Obviously diseased branches should be carefully removed to prevent the spread of fungus and infections.

  • Damaged-Broken and rubbing branches should be removed to reduce the likelihood of disease entry into the plant.

  • Duplicate-Cut closely parallel branches to open up for air and light.

  • "Directionally Challenged"-Take out branches heading back toward the main trunk or going sideways around the tree.


Different species required different pruning methods and times. Clark Horticultural can teach you to prune for your species' needs, or do the work for you! 

02      Spring  Pruning

Gordon participated in the Master Gardeners 'Brown Bag' series in 2015. He presented a lecture on spring pruning on January 22nd, in the Commissioners Room at the Clallam County Courthouse from 12 to 1pm. This event was free and was open to all members of the community.


The content is useful beyond just Spring, such as:

  • Safety

  • Tools

  • Plant Biology

  • Types of Pruning Cuts

  • Pruning techniques for various plants


Watch the presentation on the videos shown here.

03        Garden Tips for early Spring

  • Now, if you haven’t already done so, is the time to remove foliage from hellebores so the flowers are prominent.

  • Cut ornamental grasses back before dead blades are shed and make a mess.

  • February is the traditional time to cut hybrid tea roses back hard, and towards the end of the month, cut ferns back.

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