When should you prune forsythia?

Q: When should I prune my forsythia?

A: The best time of year to prune forsythia depends on whether or not your shrub is overgrown.

If your forsythia is a bit of a mess and in need of pruning, we recommend pruning in late winter or early spring – prior to any growth taking place or before any flowers appear. This means that your shrub will have few or no blooms this year – but that’s okay! It’s best to make these major pruning cuts while the forsythia is still dormant. This way you can easily see the structure of the plant before the leaves obstruct your view.

If, however, your shrub has been pruned regularly and is not overgrown, you can prune after your forsythia flowers. Here in mid-Michigan, they flower in late April and early May, so you may need to wait to prune until mid or late May.

If you’d like some help with your forsythia (or any other landscape plants), just give us a call. We’re always happy to help!

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Jerry Somalski

Jerry is a Landscape Designer, Project Manager, and the President of Bay Landscaping. He began learning about plants and landscape design as a young boy, hoeing in the family nursery and tagging along with the landscape crews who taught him the tools and methods of the trade. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration at Central Michigan University, he returned to the family business. Jerry has an enthusiastic yet practical approach to landscape design, focused on choosing the right plants (ones that thrive in the mid-Michigan climate) for the right place to create sustainable and spectacular landscapes. He loves to share what he knows with gardeners throughout Michigan! Learn more about Jerry >>