Question of the Week
I have two questions.
- Can I prune my Yew bushes back this time of year (mid February)?
- Can I cut my liriope back this time of year?
. . . and our answer.
As far as pruning your Yew is concerned, it depends upon how hard you want to prune it.
Any drastic pruning (i.e. rejuvenation pruning where you prune it hard, cutting it back to 12” – 18” from the ground) should be done in March while the shrub is still dormant.
Shaping or shearing can be done in late April or May before the new growth begins. In this way, the new growth will hide the pruned stubs.
Do not prune yew in August or later as this will stimulate tender new growth that will be damaged in the winter. We recommend that you prune with hand shears if you can to make it look more natural.
As far as the Liriope, the old foliage should be cut back to the ground in late winter before the new growth begins. If you wait too long, it is difficult to avoid cutting the new leaves. You should be able to do this now.
Watch Mark's video tip on cutting Liriope back in the spring.