Time to drastic prune that lavender azalea
If you've seen my post about the foundation plantings then you know the azaleas I'm talking about. The flowers are dying so I'm ready to prune. I've read ever article I can find on pruning and I'm still anxious about doing this. Here is what I am going to do. Please tell me if I have anything wrong with this proecure.
1. Cut shurb to 20 in. so I can get to the crown better.
2. Cut out all dead wood to the main branch or the ground.
3. Cut the main stumps to just above the knob with a pruning saw. These cuts should be straight, not slanted. Can this cut be any distance above the knob? The knobs may be at different heights above the ground, but don't I want all of my stumps to end up at 10-12 in.?
My main question is about which branches to totally remove to the ground. Do I cut any of the big branches to the ground? Do I leave any of the smaller branches coming out of the ground if if looks like it might be well positioned to become a main branch someday?
Does anyone want to come over and do this for me?