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Main Line Gardens
376 Paoli Pike, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-644-2300

Heather's Helpful Hint

When to Prune
March 22, 2012

This is the time of year that many of you are calling with questions about pruning. Let's try to make it simple.

DO NOT prune these shrubs until after they bloom:

     • Azalea, Rhododendron, Pieris, Mountain Laurel
     • Lilac, all varieties
     • Forsythia, Deutzia, Mockorange, Kerria
     • Camellia
     • Dogwood trees
     • Oakleaf Hydrangea, Old Fashioned Mophead or Lacecap Hydrangea
     • Flowering Cherry, Plum, Pear, Crabapple, Redbud, Magnolia

     • Any summer blooming shrub like Butterfly Bush
     • Rose-of-Sharon, Peegee type Hydrangea, or the Everblooming Hydrangea
     • Vitex, Spiraea  
     • Roses
     • Beautyberry
     • Shrub Dogwood

Most shade trees except maple and birch (it is best to prune in the summer when their sap will not bleed so much). Most fruit trees (Thinning branches now removes some flower buds and improves the quality of the fruit produced later).

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Read about Main Line Gardens acquiring Waterloo Gardens!

Main Line Gardens is a family-owned business that was established in 1981. More than just a full service garden center and nursery for professional landscaping and hardscaping, Main Line Gardens is an architect of beautiful, functional outdoor living spaces that provide a lifetime of enjoyment. The company's first priority and foremost goal is establishing long-term relationships with its customers by offering exceptional service and the highest quality products. This philosophy has defined its success for over 25 years and will continue for decades to follow. Main Line Gardens' experienced and professional staff takes customers all the way from design through installation, involving them every step of the way in the creation of their own outdoor landscaping paradise. Customers can choose from a full selection of plants, trees, shrubs, mulch and stones from the onsite full service nursery.

Please note that Main Line Gardens is not able to honor Waterloo Gardens gift cards/certificates, item exchanges or returns, broken or damaged items, etc. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.