The Complete Gardener's Guide,
Dogwood Shrub
This deciduous shrub has bright red leaves in fall and even more vibrant red stems in winter.

Materials Needed

  • pruners

Step 1: Cut Old Stems

Just before growth begins in early to mid-spring, cut out old, stray stems using pruners to give the plant some shape.

Step 2: Cut Back Main Stems

Cut away last year's shoots and all non-woody growth to within 3 inches (7.5 cm) of the main stems to get better access to the center of the plant.

Step 3: Cut Back Shoots

Once you have clear access to the main stems, cut back hard all shoots to 2–3 inches (5–8 cm) from the base of the plant, cutting just above the join with the main stems.

Step 4: Feed Plants

Once you have finished pruning, feed plants with fertilizer, and give the area around their roots a good mulch with compost or well-rotted manure.

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