A couple of weeks ago, we were spending our weekly visit with my husband’s parents. Because my father-in-law is suffering from ALS, he can no longer do anything around the house or the garden for that matter.
My father-in-law always did his own landscaping chores. He took great pride in having a meticulous landscape. And yes, that included pruning his shrubs into round, green balls 😉
When pruning in August, I would avoid pruning more then 1/3. The reason is that as fall approaches (I know it’s hard to believe with temps still in the low 100’s), plants will continue to grow until the cooler weather arrives. So that nice-sized flowering plant can become too big by the time November comes around.