This is my strategy for pruning trees and shrubs around my house during the summer: If they look like they need pruning, then by all means prune them!
Yeah, you might cut off a few flower buds if you prune at the wrong time, but it’s small price to pay to have nice looking plants in your landscape.
Plants like Rhododendron and Flowering Dogwood trees start setting flower buds for next year pretty much right after they are done blooming this year. So the ideal time to prune them is right after they bloom.
But nobody does that!
Then they claim they can’t prune until after the plant blooms again. Then they forget. Next thing you know you have this monstrous shrub that totally detracts from your landscape that has no flowers!
But think about it. Flowers on a big overgrown, ugly shrub are like eye shadow and lip gloss on a Rhinoceros. It’s still a Rhino.
Pruning procrastination has ruined more landscapes than you can imagine.
I’m a ruthless pruner, but I haven’t killed anything yet and my landscape always looks great.
Have a great week!