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How to prune this overgrown dogwood?

SplandySplandy Posts: 161


Hi all, I'm not an experienced gardener and have only this year realised that there is a dogwood at the bottom of my garden. Garden was too full of junk to see it last year! What would be the best way to prune it? Should I cut it it right down and should I do it now?



  • Yes and yes ........... that's what I would do .......... and give it a feed of Fish, bloood & bone - it's got some growing to do. image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Mark56Mark56 Posts: 1,653

    Agree with Dove, after they have received all the admiration they can for their winter bark, it's time to cut them back hard for next year.

  • There is no particular need to cut this back now. It doesn't seem to be in the way and left unpruned it should flower very nicely and allow you to appreciate it, now you've cleared round it. Also produces berries after flowering.

  • SplandySplandy Posts: 161

    Thanks for the replies. I've seen the flowers and berries before but never realised what it was until I saw it this winter. I want prune it back because its colour is even more dull in real life than in that photo. How should I cut it back exactly? Is there a certain distance from the ground which I should cut each stem to?

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  • If you want to enjoy the winter stems you might want to consider painting the fence in a colour to complement them.image

  • SplandySplandy Posts: 161

    Yes, I pointed out to my husband that it is blending in with the fence and he didn't see the issue... Unfortunately painted the fence myself this summer around the baby's naps and it took forever. Not sure I can bring myself to do it again since I've also decided I'm repainting in a few rooms in the house which were done not too long ago image

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