Ceanothus, also known as the California lilac, is a fast-growing shrub with blue-purple flowers that bloom in either spring or summer, depending upon variety. Although there are varieties that do well all over the U.S., California contains the greatest variety of Ceanothus species. Ceanothus generally does not require pruning. Sometimes older plants will begin to look a bit unkempt and pruning at that time is appropriate. The best time to prune Ceanothus is at the end of the blooming period. Avoid pruning in late autumn as any new growth will die back when the weather turns cold.
Remove all dead flowers by pruning them off. Place them in a bag for disposal.
Prune the tips of each branch back to the desired length. Do not cut any stems that are larger than one-fourth inch in diameter.
Rake the debris in the gardening bed. Any plant materials that are left behind provide breeding areas for pests.
Remove all suckers: young sprouts that grow either from the soil at the base of the tangerine tree or from the lower portion of the trunk, beneath the graft union. You may be able to rub some off with your hands, others may require the use of the shears.
Cut off any branches that rub against or cross over other branches. Remove any branches that appear to be dead, diseased or winter-damaged.
Rake all pruning debris from the base of the tree and water until the water puddles.
Paint all newly exposed bark with tree paint or a white latex paint to prevent scald. This should be done the same day that you prune the tree.
Identify the branch you want to trim. Find the branch collar, the point at the bottom of the branch where branch joins the stem.
Make a shallow cut on the bottom of branch with a pole saw just outside the branch collar. Avoid cutting into the branch collar.
Make a second cut on the top of the branch, just outside the first cut. Cut all the way through the branch. This will leave a short stub.
Cut off the stub as close as you can to the branch collar without cutting the collar itself.
Prune the Siberian peashrub regularly to limit its size. Trim branches down to any height that works in your garden or lawn. Shears are usually adequate for cutting through peashrub branches.
Keep your peashrub in an upright, tree-like form by cutting horizontal branches back within a few inches of the trunk. By keeping your peashrub in tree shape, it will fit more easily into smaller spaces.
Trim new shoots as they grow. When new sprouts appear on the peashrub, they will grow rapidly. Cut them back to the same length as the other branches to keep a uniform shape.
Shear the plant back by one-third to encourage the growth of new shoots. Remove one-third of the stems, cutting evenly around the shrub to prevent the plant from appearing lopsided.
Do most of the Siberian peashrub's pruning in winter. Dramatically cut back the Siberian peashrub during this time if you would like. The peashrub will recover from a major pruning in time to bloom for the season if pruned during the winter.
Remove all dead limbs from the tree using either pruning shears or a pruning saw after inspecting the Golden Delicious tree. Cut the limbs from the tree as close to the main trunk as possible.
Select three strong limbs on each side of the trunk of the apple tree to keep. These will become the main limbs of your tree.
Remove the remaining limbs from the tree using the saw or shears. Cut the limbs as close to the trunk as possible.
Remove all dead limbs and branches from the tree.
Remove any upright limbs, as these will not facilitate fruit growth.
Thin and prune away an additional one-quarter of the tree branches and limbs from the tree. This will keep the canopy of the Golden Delicious open for fruit production.
Wait until the plant has bloomed and the yellow or “golden” flowers have been spent. Check the branches for old or dead growth by looking for limbs with few or no leaves.
Clip the dead shoots by cutting them at the base of the plant about an inch above the soil level. Avoid cutting healthy shoots.
Prune again only after five to 10 years and dead wood is noticed. Because golden currants are productive on their own, regular yearly pruning is not necessary, making it easy to maintain.