Most trees and shrubs benefit from some sort of pruning and maintenance. Many flowering and fruiting trees need to be pruned while they are dormant in the winter and early spring. The general rule of thumb is to prune early spring flowering trees and shrubs soon after their blooms fade in the spring and prune summer and fall flowering trees and shrubs in late winter/early spring before the trees or shrubs are fully leafed out. Other non-flowering trees and shrubs also benefit greatly from careful maintenance.
Reason one for pruning is to remove dead, dull or damaged parts of the plant to make the plant healthier. When pruning to maintain plant health, examine the plant for diseased, dead, or spotty leaves and branches that are turning brown. These parts should be removed along with any excess stems and branches then disposed of away from all plant material. Reason two for pruning is to help the plant grow faster and fuller. To promote plant growth trees and shrubs need to be thinned. Thinning and trimming allows for greater air circulation and lets sunlight reach more leaves and branches. Reason three to prune is to shape the tree or shrub into a better design. You should be cutting branches or stems that are overcrowding areas of the plant or making it look lopsided. Before you cut step back and picture how the plant will look. Prune your plant material in an attractive natural shape. Your cuts should be smooth, even and well thought out. Keep in mind most bad cuts will regrow, so permanent damage is seldom done by pruning.
These tips apply to trees and shrubs but the same principles work for perennial and annual flowers. Proper care of all your plant material will guarantee trees, shrubs and plants will thrive and look beautiful all season long.
Now is the time to treat your lawn for crabgrass and other annual weeds. There are several pre-emergence products with crabgrass control available. A good product will have both weed control and crabgrass prevention.