When is the best time to trim bushes?

is it better to trim them when flowering? or in the winter? or summer?
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My town trims trees and shrubs on town property in the spring, just before the leaves come in.
If you live in an area where trees are in-leaf year-round, then I'd guess that trimming anytime would be OK. What do you see your town employees doing?
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On 07/10/2014 03:39 AM, Tegger wrote:

When the weather is nice, they usually block off a traffic lane or two, dig a hole with a backhoe and then a half dozen stand around the edge of the hole and stare down in it.
When bad weather strikes, I suspect they hang out at the maintenance garage and play poker.
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On 7/10/2014 1:12 AM, Sam Wilburton wrote:

Tomorrow, because tomorrow never comes.
Bill
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On 7/10/2014 1:12 AM, Sam Wilburton wrote:

It depends on what kind of bush it is. Check with a horticultural expert. Do you have a garden club in your area? They could probably advise you.
Bill
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On 7/10/2014 1:12 AM, Sam Wilburton wrote:

It depends upon the shrub and your local climate. But the general rule of thumb for flowering shrubs is: spring flowering shrubs should be pruned right after they're done blooming, summer flowering shrubs get pruned in late winter/early spring.
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On 7/10/2014 8:53 AM, Moe DeLoughan wrote:

That's right....lilacs and rhododendrons, for instance, should be pruned, if needed, right after flowering finishes because they bloom on the previous years growth. Rho's form their buds the previous year. There are thousands of good websites, from BHG to county extension services that give good info about caring for landscape plants.
This year has been a little crazy....my young pear tree didn't bloom this year because it bore heavily last year. Pears do that. My lilac, planted last year and bloomed last year but not this year....same reason? Mock cherry didn't bloom; mature tree that bloomed heavily last year but no blossoms this year; I hate the thing because it drops junk in my koi pond. Will probably have it removed, but it is the only shade in my back yard :o(
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That's because they're listening to a guy in the hole tell them they just cut through a cable.
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Sam Wilburton wrote:

Hi, I just do it in the early spring B4 leaves come out. Or in the fall after leaves are all gone.
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Sam Wilburton wrote:

Hi, For me it is when wife tells me to do it. She is a green thumb, knows this things better than I do, LOL!
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On Thursday, July 10, 2014 1:12:09 AM UTC-5, Sam Wilburton wrote:

Go to the Google group "rec.gardens" with your question!!!!!
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On 7/10/2014 2:12 AM, Sam Wilburton wrote:

Best time is when your wife says then need it.
Most are best done when growth stops in the fall.
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It depends what you want e.g. more blossoms/fruit or improved structure. In most US states the Ag. Extension dept. of the state government provides what is in effect free information about gardening and arboriculture. These have special knowledge of local plants and local weather that is hard to find conveniently in public libraries.
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don't git any hair in your teeth : )
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