West Campus Shrubs Rejuvenating for Spring Beauty

A Message from David Gennaro, Managing Director, Grounds

We’ve all seen shrubs that look like a bunch of sticks with no leaves, even here on West Campus. There are many reasons for this, but it may just be that these seemingly abandoned plants are actually in the process of rejuvenation.

This “rejuvenating” — or “hard” pruning — is actually beneficial to the shrub, because it encourages a flush of new growth that should result in a healthy, more dense shrub. This pruning method attempts to reverse the effects of shearing — which can result in foliage limited to the outside of the shrub — as well as the effects of improper pruning, frost damage or unattended mature shrubs.

Never fear, our West Campus groundskeepers know what they are doing. You will see the shrubs at our north and south entrances, located off Kirkman, receiving some rejuvenation. However, due to their healthy and developed root stock, they will be back in about six to eight weeks with a flush of bright green and new foliage. This is a very affordable way to get a rejuvenated look without the cost of total replacement.

Every plant has unique requirements for hard pruning, so if you’re gardening at home, check for proper practices for the shrubs you want to prune. In general, it is best to prune during cooler temperatures of spring when all chances of frost have passed. A little research online or help from your Orange County Extension Office should point you in the right direction and help you to avoid irreversible damage.

If you have any questions, please contact me at dgennaro@valenciacollege.edu or extension 3453.

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